15 May 2013

Genealogy: Learning begins with a question

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We have to ask questions to get answers.  We have to ask the right questions to get useful answers. Our questions are not always about who, what, where, when and why.  Sometimes they are about how?  How were records collected? How are they organized?

Such a simple idea and yet so complex. 

I was reminded of this when I read Barry Ewell’s post, Genealogy: Learning begins with a question (Deseret News, SLC, UT) ...

Questions and answers are the foundation for exchanging genealogical information. We have many ways to learn, but by simply asking questions, we set the stage for learning and also for sharing what we know.

Nobody gets into family research unless they are curious.  Without curiosity we would not be good researchers.  Without questions, there would be no answers. 

How often have I been at the archives, asked a colleague a question, received an answer, asked more questions, thought-out-loud about other questions and eventually either received an answer or have constructed a game plan to get an answer. 

What other questions might we ask as we do our research?

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