Friday, August 16, 2013

Time for proofreaders


We have talked about several general strategies including things like rearranging your data, limiting yourself to focused research goals, using research calendars to keep organized and conducting new research using a systematic and methodical system (GPS).  Now we are going to talk about a few specific things you can do to break through a stubborn brick wall.

Have your buddies at the local genealogical society read through your stuff.  You can bet they will have some suggestions for you.  Genealogists love to brainstorm and collaborate.  You will also want your non-genealogist friends and family to read through your work.  Since they come in with no preconceived notions, they will be able to find flaws in your train of thought and logic.  If you have all your ducks in a row, even a lay person should be able to follow along.  They will be the ones to say, “Wait a minute.  How can John Doe’s father be James Doe.  You said that James Doe fought in the Civil War.  Did he come home on a furlough or something?”

Another advantage to having someone else look at your work is that it forces you to clean it up and get it in a readable format.  Writing up your findings in a narrative may be enough in itself to show you something you didn’t see before. 

Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis

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