Change One Thing You Think Is True

When searching an online database or index for a specific person, chances are you have entered some of these key pieces of information about that person in order to search:

  • age
  • name
  • place of birth
  • residence
  • name of spouse
  • year of arrival
  • year of death

Those key elements about a person are also useful when trying to determine if you have the “right” person in a record. But what if one of those key elements was wrong? Either you have it wrong or it’s wrong in the record. Either way it will not match.

And…a good research approach in general is to ask yourself:

If one thing that I think is true about my ancestor was not true–how would that change how I look for her?