Simple Ways to Break Through

Really getting into these things takes some time, but here are some general things to remember when you are “stuck:”

  • Money and work motivate people to move and people are sometimes more mobile than we think-especially if opportunities were limited in the area where the person was living.
  • Create a timeline of all events in your ancestor’s life. Gaps of more than a few years are opportunities for research. Lots of things can happen in two or three years.
  • Do you really know what you think you know? How do you know it? Did you assume when you should not have?
  • Do you know where that source came from?
  • Could you be wrong?
  • Are you familiar with all sources in the area–civil (all levels of government) and private records?
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