Saturday, June 2, 2012

D is for… Details

I have joined Gould’s ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ challenge. I can’t promise to participate for every letter (my track record for sticking with challenges is not good!) but I didn’t want to miss out on the fun. Here is my contribution for the letter D.

D is for… Details

  • The details that give us a picture of our ancestors – her black hair just beginning to turn grey, she wore a widow’s bonnet with a black veil.
  • The details that are so hard to track down – when did James Bennett (1831-?) die? He was last seen in Avoca, Victoria, Australia in 1883. If anyone knows where he got to, please let me know…
  • The details you can use to find more information – if you can’t find a name in online newspapers, try searching for a street address.
  • The details you overlooked the first time around – that lead to new information. It pays to revisit your (d is for.. ) documents.
  • The details you find – at last! And you do the genea-happy-(d is for.. ) dance!
  • The details you pick over (or don’t) – entering every scrap of information in your (d is for.. ) database, getting source citations just so.
  • The details you would forget – if you didn’t carry a copy of your database in your preferred electronic (d is for.. ) device!

8 comments:

  1. Yes! This is genealogy in a nutshell. The details that give us the basic facts, then all of the additional ones that flesh out our ancestors. Wonderful post :)

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  2. Great post Shelley! I hadn't realised there were so many 'd's' in genealogy. :)

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  3. You've nailed it with this ... the details are what proves, or disproves things. Details are what adds 'meat to the bones' of your family history. And details can give you clues on where to look next.

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  4. Clever! I particularly like, 'The details you overlooked the first time around – that lead to new information.'

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  5. Definitely! The more details, the better :)

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  6. Good one. Wish I had more time to keep up with registering all of the details.

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  7. Spot on Shelley... esp the point about re-visiting documents. It's amazing what you find when looking at a doc with "new eyes".

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  8. Discerning option for D. Totally agree that reviewing details again and again is so important. Love the details.

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