Someone posted something on the Genealogy Do-Over Facebook Page that got me to thinking. Back in the olden days when we were 100% on paper we pretty much limited ourselves to our direct line and siblings of our direct line. You simply confined yourself to the couples on your pedigree chart. We used Mary Hill’s color coding system which the Family History Library advocated and it worked very well. You had a Pedigree Chart filed in the front of your filing cabinet and then you had folders for each couple on your pedigree chart. Inside those folder you kept a Family Group Sheet, a Research Log, a Correspondence Log and all of the documents you found pertaining to that couple. The couple’s children would have folders filed behind their parents with their marriage and children information.
So here is the question... When you confine yourself to your absolute direct line, do you do more indepth/quality research? In the age of computers I think it is too easy to go off on tangents and you end up only getting the bare minimum documentation on each person. In the olden days you would research a single couple for every bit of documentation you could possibly find before going on to the next couple. I don't think we do that anymore.
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