Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Polya's Four Step Process: Part 2

Polya's Four Step Process: Part 2
  • Last week's column outlined a four-step process to genealogy problem-solving. My example of applying this process to an actual problem focused on locating a marriage record for a couple whose first daughter was born in 1851. This week we continue our search for the marriage record of that couple and see that it did not happen near where their first daughter was born.
  • Our problem-solving process, discussed in more detail last week, was developed by mathematician George Polya and had four steps:
  • Understand the Problem
  • Devise a Plan
  • Do the Plan
  • Evaluate the Results
  • Last week, we left at the evaluation stage. I had not found a marriage record for Peter and Barbara, whose first daughter was born in Illinois in 1851. In that article I concluded that my "understanding of the problem" needed some work.
  • This article originally appeared on 1 April 2009.

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