Library Research, Do you go to the Library?
Here is hoping we have not forgotten how to go to the library and open a book and discover something new about someone in your family.
In the last twenty years, it appears people have forgotten the data they find on the internet came from a book somewhere, either printed and published or personal and shared.
Yes even our tax records and school reports and land records, deeds and wills all are in books and on papers in court houses and elsewhere.
Generally I have a plan in mind when I head to either the Chula Vista Library or LDS Library or Carlsbad. Keeping track of my results show that many times, I locate something I had given up on finding and it was not on my to do list.
Love the Research Records log because it tells me many things about what I find and what I am still looking for. Most amazingly was that Serendipity seems to play a very large role in my research.
Stuck in Albany, New York but found data in Frederick, Maryland. It filled in an empty spot on my chart.
Sometimes I wonder if we get to zoned in on what we are looking for that we miss the clues we are given to find data we maybe we were not looking for.
Loving Cluster Research, it covers a large group and more encompassed family regime.
People had to find mates somewhere, especially if the community was small.
I have many 2nd cousin marriages and with it I have found MyHeritage.com has trouble defining whom is who. Do you have lots of family marrying family?
Try to start thinking out side of the box. Boxes has barriers and restrict our sight and thought.
Our Library has a nice collection of books for research and hoping that you will start looking at these books for more information.
You can look at the next county or state, the next town, down the road or over the hill to see if the clue needed is lurking there waiting to be found.
Go visit your library and check out the History section if no Genealogical Section. Read up about the religion of your lineage and the changes that it encompassed in the last 100 years. The laws that applied then that do not apply now. Which court holds what document at what time and when it got moved to the other department so you completely missed it. It has happened many times.
Data is hidden in between the pages on many books as just tidbits to send you someplace else. Go find what it is telling you and make a new cousin or two.
I read at 2 books a week regarding our past to learn clues and tips and it may help you also.
Having always been an avid reader I probably consume 5 books a week if lucky and sometimes a book takes me over a week to digest all it is telling me.