Monday, August 12, 2013

A focused research question

So far we have gathered up everything that we already know and we have organized it in several different ways to see if maybe we might have missed something.  We haven’t had any luck with that so now we are ready to start with some new research.  What is our first step?

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If you work with a focused research goal you will limit the number of sources you need to check to those that could actually contain information that might answer your question.  If your question is too broad you will drive yourself nuts checking everything there is out there.  You will have a hard time keeping it all organized and you will set yourself up for some serious frustration.  Once you have the first question answered, you go on to the next question until you have your ancestor’s life documented. 

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