Tuesday, July 23, 2013

GRIP Day 1

Things I learned on the first day of GRIP 2013:

If I sit in the alcoves on the side of the main dining room, I can hear what other people at the table are saying!

Somebody needs to write the book on advanced correlation and use of tax records.

Trying to organize a carload of genealogists to go shopping or to a library gets real complicated real fast.

When in the archives, avoid announcing yourself as a genealogist. Ask for particular records, don't get steered to the ordinary fare.

When evaluating compiled genealogies, read more than your target family and try to reverse-engineer the likely sources for particular items in the text.

The Church History Library in Salt Lake City includes much information about non-LDS churches in the 1820-1870 era.

Harold Henderson, "GRIP Day 1," Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, posted 23 July 2013 (http://midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com : accessed [access date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]

1 comment:

Geolover said...

Harold, the "reverse engineering" idea is very sound, a habit to be fostered. And it goes for anything published in any form, including where evidence is cited (which may be incomplete, erroneous or misunderstood).