When something in a record doesn’t make sense consider that the item that’s confusing you is:

  • weird–some things are truly unusual for the time period and location. This is determined by learning about the time period and location in which your relative lived and in which the record was created. Things that are truly weird are clues.
  • not weird–just because you think something is weird does not mean that it is. Again some contextual knowledge will assist in discovering what’s not really weird.
  • wired–you simply have had too much caffeine, too little sleep, and are jumping to unwarranted conclusions. Researching and making conclusions when you are “wired” does not lead to sound research. Get some rest.



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