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Stumbling Upon Things is Great…But

Sometimes it is difficult balancing genealogical research theory with the way in which some materials are often located. It is not often really addressed in the genealogical literature, but the research process of what we searched, why we searched it, and how we searched it is integral to our analysis. This is especially true if an exhaustive search does not include everything under the sun […]

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Time Stands Still for No Stone

I took this cemetery photograph several years ago at the Norwood Cemetery in Mercer County, Illinois not too far from my home. I’m really glad that I did. It’s one of those stones that weathers somewhat easily.  Facing west on the Illinois prairie, the winter weather probably doesn’t help the inscription to stand the test […]

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A Source Within A Source

Note: this post is originally from 2015, but we’ve moved it here and combined two posts into one. There are times when one has no reason to doubt the accuracy of some information one has received. But the problem is accurately tracking the actual source of the information. Such is the case with this picture. […]

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Why Original Versus Derivative Matters

On page 24 Elizabeth Shown Mills in  Evidence Explained (2015, Genealogical Publishing Company) defines the following terms: original sources as “material in its first oral or recorded form.” derivative sources as “material produced by copying an original or manipulating its content.” Reasonable researchers may slightly disagree about whether certain specific sources are original or derivative. And that’s ok. It really […]

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