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  •  Yeah, I've never done the type of research (2+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, princss6

    you describe. I wouldn't know where to start.

    I guess the point I was trying to make was less about how you do the research than about how you think about what you learn. As perhaps the first person to ever look for some of the records you are trying to find, you are bound to discover other stories--maybe they are distractions, and maybe they aren't. I think of it as if you were looking for a particular pirates' treasure on a beach which contains the booty of thousands or even millions of pirates: you're likely to find some amazing stuff, no need to abandon any of it! The story of many peoples' lives is priceless, but still it has nobody to tell it.

    I can certainly understand you wanting to focus on your relatives. Really wish I had your discipline, but that's not the way I roll, man :)

    So here's an idea: As you uncover things which feel as if they might pull you off track, perhaps you might mention them so others can follow up? The old "many hands make light work" approach. It can work both ways, of course--someone may uncover important facts which will help you, too. It's true that you might lose some of the excitement of discovering each detail for yourself, though.

    A lot of the information you need isn't online. Many of us are unlikely to travel to do this type of research. Is there anything we can be doing to make information more accessible to you and others doing genealogic research wherever we might be?

    Back to my pirate analogy, I think riches beyond our ability to imagine them await our discovery. But time is not on our side.  

    An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out? Rene Descartes

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Jul 03, 2011 at 06:02:05 AM PDT

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