fredag 13 november 2015



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  10. How to Analyze a Claim
    1. Step 1 – Write a statement summarizing what you could conclude from this fact as if it were the only source and you were convinced it was accurate.
    2. Step 2 – Write a statement summarizing why you or others might consider this a weak source.
    3. Step 3 – Write a statement that indicates how the information in this claim compares to information in other claims.
    4. Step 4 – Summarize YOUR position on this evidence
 We know our ancestors so far back and we know where they're from. So we continue research of those places and surnames and look through sources we find that may pertain to the surnames and places we are interested in.

When I'm stuck with an ancestor because I can't find, say, an immigration record, I don't isolate myself and look specifically for that one person to find the ship and voyage they came on. I generalize and search through possible records that may lead to it and to info about all my other lines at the same time. 

Then if I do come across with their record, I don't just take down those specifics. I look on the same ship for extra clues, specifically other people that came from the same place or people listed nearby them whose names are familiar who might be relatives or friend and may lead to provide information. 

These are the practises of people who do one-name studies or one-place studies. They deal with large amounts of data and need to be efficient about how they do so. 

Source-based research is more efficient than people-based research and leads to way more eurekas.
Quote Russ

The further back we go in our research the fewer documents we are likely to find that specifically name individuals and their relationships or events. This does not mean that what we find does not have any useful information. We as researchers need to understand that the information we need may not be contained within a single document. Extracting details and moving on to the next document is not the way to go as taking things in context will build a much stronger case and reveal any weakness. Evidentia allows us to start the process of building our case and explaining our reasons for choosing to follow a particular route.
My research, which is now part of my one name study, involves 2 individuals called Peregrine Rosling born in the same village the same year both married to an Eliza/Elizabeth which person is part of the direct line family and who did he marry, who are his children? No direct answer here, census, parish register images and marriage transcriptions online have helped but not one of these alone can define what happened to each individual. 
Common names in an area mean that our analysis is vital to the process. Recording such analysis is sadly what is lacking in the mainstream software and online. Adding comments as an afterthought, with no specific place assigned, means that whilst a researcher may have carried out the analysis nothing but bare facts get recorded or the analysis gets overlooked.
We need to have software that forces us to record our analysis first and conclusion last.quote Hilary