Put Everything in Context

Put every event in context. If your ancesor sells property, ask yourself:

  • how old was he?
  • was he getting ready to leave the area?
  • was he having financial problems?
  • was he selling to a child or other relative?
  • did he buy other property about the same time?

Don’t look at a record all by itself. Put it in the context of other things that were taking place in your ancestor’s life.

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