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Your genealogy is unquestionably a large and often confounding puzzle. Strong methodology is the cornerstone of successful genealogical research. The act of locating information is only one part of the research process. You must examine each piece of documentary evidence you uncover, and that means obtaining an exact copy of the original so that you can examine it for yourself. You cannot rely on transcripts, extracts, and/or abstracts; there are too many chances for errors or omissions.
The most important part of your genealogical research is the examination and analysis of the information you find. One excellent method of doing this is to treat your research on an individual (or family) as if it were a jigsaw puzzle. Gather all the “pieces” you have collected and lay them out on a large table, just as you would a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Let’s consider some approaches to working with the pieces in order to assemble “the big picture.”
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