A Few Reminders

A few reminders for the good of the order:

  • Check your assumptions. They could be incorrect.
  • Your gut reaction about what “really happened” when the records are confusing may be spot on. It may not.
  • That boring event you shouldn’t bother researching may end up being more intriguing than you ever imagined.
  • Don’t assume you have completely turned over every rock. Use a research log to mark the rocks you have turned over. If you don’t track the rocks you’ve looked at, you’ll end up turning the same ones over and over.
  • Avoid the urge to avoid the use of name. “He” and “she” can be confusing depending upon how the reference is worded. “Aunt,” Uncle,” “Grandma,” etc. can cause similar confusion.