There’s Thinking and There’s Thinking

One of the best ways I eliminate some errors in my reasoning is to go back and look at a conclusion that I have written and look at every part of it that is based on “what I think I know” and what I have some documentation for. Thinking when doing genealogical research is advised. That’s entirely different than thinking we know. What we “think we know” may be based on:

  • misconceptions,
  • our own experience (when it doesn’t apply to the problem at hand);
  • facts we have remembered incorrectly;
  • assumptions;
  • stereotypes about the family being researched;
  • and so on.

Any of these things we “think” we know can be hindering our research.

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