Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The benefits of being a wishy-washy genealogist

My article entitled "Indecision as a Genealogical Virtue" has been published at It includes several examples of how we can create brick walls by clinging too dearly to our assumptions or premature conclusions. A genealogist who can entertain multiple possibilities while continuing to research is likely to be a happier genealogist in the end.

Most examples are from my own research. Dawne Slater-Putt kindly allowed me to summarize and quote from a case she recently worked on and posted as "Perseverance Pays Off" in the blog of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Harold Henderson, "The benefits of being a wishy-washy genealogist," Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, posted 26 June 2013 ( : accessed [access date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.] 

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