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Re: [S-R] Clues - Tips for Research

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  • eternallysealed8
    Yes I agree,this could not be put any better. Anyone can show pictures,names and dates,but the storyteller captivates the audience. Barbara ... of names ...
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 16, 2007
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      Yes I agree,this could not be put any better. Anyone can show
      pictures,names and dates,but the storyteller captivates the audience.


      --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Janet Kozlay" <kozlay@...>
      > Beautifully said, Bill. Filling in your knowledge of the world your
      > ancestors lived in makes them so much more real than a boring list
      of names
      > and dates. With all the information available so easily today,
      there is
      > really no excuse not to.
      > Janet
      > _____
      > From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-
      ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
      > Behalf Of Bill Tarkulich
      > Sent: Friday, October 12, 2007 10:30 AM
      > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [S-R] Clues - Tips for Research
      > The Wall Street Journal article from today ,
      > http://online.
      > <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119214969916756801.html?
      > oday> wsj.com/article/SB119214969916756801.html?
      > reminded me how important clues are in genealogy research.
      > The problem we all face is a lack of information. Perhaps we didn't
      > think to ask, nobody told, or newly discovered information arrives
      > without an "Instruction Manual"
      > So while we espouse that knowing your ancestor's village is the most
      > essential piece of information, once you've collected from all the
      > obvious sources and gathered all the literal translations, you still
      > find larges gaps in your knowledge.
      > When a newbie first posts, they often say "Hey, anybody heard of
      > Brasko from Czechoslovakia?" To which I respond, when did they
      > immigrate? to where? Did other friend and family come? When? What
      > was their religion? Where did they marry? What was their occupation?
      > and on it goes.
      > I'm not trying to ferret out the details, I honestly don't care that
      > they had 18 children all who went onto be U.S. Senators and owned
      > property in Nevada. I am trying to focus on the essential question
      > finding out their village name. Often it must be done with clues
      > the actual facts are not forthcoming. All of the above questions are
      > clues.
      > Once we find the village and peel back all that information, many of
      > us often stop. What we don't realize is that there are often many
      > important clues right in front of our faces that may provide rich
      > information about the people, their lives, their family, their
      > their friends.
      > Reading the WSJ reminds me that we need to go back to each
      > source and see what more we can make of it. I have stared at th few
      > family photos for hours and figured out many things. Where was the
      > picture taken? Their house? Why are they all wearing coats inside?
      > Why is Aunt Sue missing from the photo?
      > I do the same thing with documents. I created a time line of their
      > lives. Where and when do these documents fit into that time line?
      > When did they decide to naturalize? Why? Why did they state
      > different occupations in each of the 10 years of the census? Perhaps
      > they moved onto new employers. Iron worker. Hmm, where were the
      > factories in 1925? What was work like back then.
      > Another time line discovery was revealed when I plotted out the
      > of their children. There were two, two-year gaps in the children,
      > instead of 1 year gap in all the other known children. Further
      > investigation revealed two children who died in infancy, were buried
      > in unmarked graves and literally forgotten about.
      > And still another timeline discovery was a 5 year period after my
      > Grandfather had arrived but not married, which was unaccounted for.
      > He worked in the glass factory, along with several cousins who all
      > went back to Slovakia just before WWI. When revealed to my last
      > living aunt, she remarked, "So that's why Pa had so many friends in
      > Corning!"
      > Who were the christening sponsors for my father? Where did they
      > how did they know them? These questions led me to discover they had
      > boarder for a few years - a Cousin from Slovakia, right at that same
      > time. My father never knew who the man was. Work like this answered
      > puzzles that passed down from generation to generation. My
      > Grandparents would have been able to answer these questions, but
      > nobody ever thought to ask. There are silent witnesses everywhere.
      > I could go on. If you're on the discovery path, check out the
      > less-obvious. You probably have more information than you realize
      > you'll never know what you never research.
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