Look at the Back

Look at the back of every document you locate–actual record, newspaper clipping, old family letter, etc. There may be some clue of significance written on the reverse side of the document. Years ago, a short note written on the reverse side of a probate document ended up being one of the biggest clues in the file.

Backs of newspaper clippings can help to date the item or determine the newspaper from which it came.

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  1. E A

    I became frustrated trying to guess which newspaper had been used to report certain family events, because all I had was a cutting. To save any future investigators of my own affairs from the same frustration , I have kept the entire page with the relevant article marked.

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