Read the Entire Thing

This may seem obvious, but based upon my emails, messages I get in a variety of places, and comments I see to various postings, a reminder would not hurt.

Read the entire question, document, etc. when analyzing it, asking questions about it, answering questions about it, etc. Genealogy is about details. Skimming leads to missed references that often are key to further research.

And maybe as a suggestion after reading the entire thing: let any new conclusion based on a single document sit for a few minutes before follow up work starts. Consider reading the document again.

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