Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Genealogy Research and Jigsaw Puzzles

James Tanner in his blog “Genealogy’s Star” has written a clever article likening genealogy research to working a jigsaw puzzle. It’s not exactly the same, of course, but the analogy is good enough that there is learning that can be transferred from the jigsaw pursuit to the genealogical one. Besides, I personally love analogies as a way to uncover new ways to look at problems…as for example when I compared genealogists to cats in a piece I wrote titled “What Genealogists Can Learn From Cats.” (Apologies to dog lovers.)

James’ article is entertaining as well as full of good advice. I especially like the first tip he gives: “Study the entire scene first, before you begin and note any unusual details.” {my underline}

Check it out at: Genealogy's Star: The missing piece

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