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Monday, April 30, 2018

Finding the Worm #georgiapioneers #genealogy


Finding the Worm

Suggestion.  Observe a worm squirm out of the soil and see what it does.  It can be cut in two and yet live.  Or, it can disappear back into the soil.  Finding the ancestors is sort of like the worm.  Sometimes one digs up several members of the family tree, but more often cuts to the meat of the research just to locate one person. Sometimes the concentration of tracing a single ancestor is not the way to go.  What I mean is that one must discover all of the families in the region and learn of their origin.  This process helps to focus upon the process of elimination, or identification.  Of the two, I would say that identification is more important.  An orderly and well-defined procedure would be to write a family group sheet for each family, adding the sources and documentation.  Later, as tiny blurbs of data emerge, it will be far more comprehensible. Understanding the historical tracking of each family is essential to understanding the psychology of each migration into the community.  And once each and every family is documented on a separate family group sheet, one can take a deep breath of relief. Because there is nothing like understanding where all of the John's or Mary's fit!  

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