I’m at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy hosted by the Utah Genealogical Association this week. My course is Advanced Methodology, led and coordinated by Paul Graham, CG, CGL. I’m going to share something I learned each day about my genealogy practice. Here’s links to Day 1 and Day 2.
Get creative to analyze records
Methodology is all about ways to correlate and analyze the information in documents. You would think there are a set number of standard ways to do methodology. In reality, genealogy researchers develop new ones often.
Sometimes they share their methodology freely. See The Leeds Method by Dana Leeds. However, in most cases genealogists keep their methods to themselves. They can be messy and hard to explain to others. When they do share them, you’ll see creative ways to think deeply.
Here’s some ideas of what I’m going to do to with an orphan in my family tree:
- Extract the key information from everything I gathered.
- Rank the reliability of the information.
- Bring all the information together on paper I can easily move around.
- Organize it in timelines.
- Lay it out by location.
- Track out all the relationships.
I have so much in my head right now about this orphan. Putting it all out in front of me will allow my brain to get into problem-solving mode. Getting creative in looking at all I’ve collected provides the opportunity for a breakthrough.