My AtoZ theme is how to pursue an interest in family history/genealogy – I’d love you to join me on the journey.
Q is for QUESTIONS
When you’re researching, you always need to have your thinking cap on and question yourself and your sources.
- Is this oral history accurate? Can I get some confirmation from other independent sources? Having said that, there’s nothing like hearing someone’s memories recorded in sound or writing.
- What is this document telling me? What’s the background or reason why it was created?
- What government legislation applied at the time?
- Were the country/county/state/council/town boundaries the same at the time we’re interested in or have they changed?
- What significant external events affected your family?
- Did they have any major personal challenges to deal with?
- Why did they emigrate?
- Did they travel alone or with other family or friends?
- Did they bring family out after them in chain migration?
- Is your family typical of their peers at home or those who emigrated?
And on and on it goes. The questions will lead you to other resources and back to more questions. I did say family history is life-long learning <smile>.
An academic once said to me “what’s your question?” and I confess I looked somewhat blankly at him. It wasn’t that I hadn’t been asking questions, just that I hadn’t articulated it that way.
What other questions would you ask?
Thank you for visiting me on this journey. I love comments <smile>
There’s a plethora of reading choices on this year’s A to Z Challenge, so my challenge to you is to visit the sign-up page and select one (or more) blogs to read between the numbers 1800-1924.