Everyone's guilty. The first place that most people look in a book is the index. I see it all the time at libraries, in bookstores, and in the exhibit halls at conferences. The first place many people may look in a genealogy society journal is at the index to see if there is a surname they are researching. Even worse, people quickly search the online indexes at web sites and in databases and often bypass the search results if there isn't an exact match. So, what do they miss?
When working with any indexed resource, there is often a great deal of other information that can help you get the most from the content and from the index. If we're talking about a book, there are three major areas that are often overlooked:
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