Re: [S-R] Clues - Tips for Research
- 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
> and dates. With all the information available so easily today,there is
> really no excuse not to.ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
> From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-
> Behalf Of Bill Tarkulichmod=hps_us_inside_t
> 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 ,
> oday> wsj.com/article/SB119214969916756801.html?mod=hps_us_inside_today
> reminded me how important clues are in genealogy research.of
> 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 clueswhen
> the actual facts are not forthcoming. All of the above questions aretimes,
> 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.information
> 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 fewbirth
> 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,live,
> 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
> Who were the christening sponsors for my father? Where did they
> how did they know them? These questions led me to discover they hada
> boarder for a few years - a Cousin from Slovakia, right at that sameand
> 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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