When researching for marriage records, be sure to look for the many different possibilities. There may be a license and there may be a marriage certificate. Sometimes these are together in a marriage record. But, sometimes they are not. So, be sure to look for both of these. And remember, a license did not mean a marriage took place.
If you are really stuck on a particular family, move to another family!
If you are like me, you have many “brick walls” in your family. So, if you are stuck on one particular family, research on a different family. Taking a break from a family can give you new insights when you return. And, you will return when you are feeling the same way with the new family!
Recently, when looking through a diary of a family member, I noticed something at the end of the diary. The diary writer had added entries at the back of the diary! And, some of this information was very informative. So, remember to look completely through the diary, not just at the appropriate dated entry. You may be surprised at what you find at the end!
I am finally able to return to writing my blog. Thank you to everyone who contacted me personally to pass along their well-wishes.
While I have been away, I have been recuperating from various ailments that have kept me inside with my feet up. This has given me much time to spend contemplating my time-usage. As I thought I may discover, I have been spending much time blogging and running my business, Maggie’s Genealogy Service. And, in doing so, I have become sloppy in the research of my personal family. One of the areas where I have become sloppy is in my record keeping, both on and off of the computer. I have duplicates of photos and records, file names are not as descriptive as they once were, and the backing-up of these photos and records has not been as “routine” as it should be. I have much “cleaning-up” to do!
As I begin my cleaning, I will surely discover photos and documents about which I have forgotten! I will pass along some of the hints that I use in discovering these long-lost items! And, I will also continue to pass along more hints for researching your family.