Tuesday, April 13, 2010

100 Reasons Why People Like Casefile Clues

These are from 100 of the responses we had to our recent Casefile Clues reader survey...

I like to see how others do research and maybe also learn something new.

Gives me another way to look at things

The well organized presentation of facts makes me try to figure out what should be done next in the research, and I also like the variety of resources covered-many of these I haven't used yet.

I enjoy your personal touch, relating research to your own family.

The case studies.

Case study approach - analysis of your thought process as you work through the problems
It gives me ideas about new ways to find and study sources and how to better use documents found in my own genealogy endeavors.

The way the reader is taken through the steps in research, warned of potential pitfalls and reminded of items that need more investigation or are not fully supported by evidence.

The detail of the cases, being able to follow along step by step.

Makes me think more about quality of evidence

gives new insight to your search and how to do it

Easy to read

I like that the research help is timeless...not connected to just the Internet or websites. In fact, I'm at a place in my research where I need to do more offline than online research, anyways, and Casefile Clues is the encouragement I need.

The articles give me clues to doing my own research and they are so interesting to read.

Real examples

I like hearing the though processes and seeing how things are organized. Seeing possibilities in new sources that I hadn't considered before.

In depth analysis of those difficulties all genealogists run into from time to time. Reading another person's solution or discoveries re: a problem I too, have been stumped by, often re-boots the brain.

It makes me think about alternate sources of information and how to find them.

I like the detailed research techniques.

Gives me ideas for my own research after reading about successful researches of others; also, gives me a chance to learn many bits of information I have not been aware of.

The details about how and where searches were made.

Alternative research strategies and other things I haven't thought of.

Variety of topics

The way a case is dissected and deconstructed - then laid out in parts and put back together
gives you ideas; shows how to write up information and find wholes

It is like you are sitting beside and talking to a competent genealogist as he is working on a problem.

The steps of the thought process, and reasonings of why something is researched.

Variety of topics

I like following your research methodology and how you convey to information in the form of a case study. I am using a similar format with some of my lines.

research process is emphasized rather than merely final conclusions

They talk about subjects I am working on.

your thorough treatment

logical sequences in research process, and emphasis on lesser-used records.

The ideas for research that I get from reading the case studies.

I can't SKIM! I HAVE to concentrate! And learn so much.

Reinforces my research principles; gives me new ideas on research possibilities; helps me to find hidden clues in information; helps keep me on track for research goals; and gives me new ideas for future research areas.

Discussion of how/why actual data is evaluated in a certain way.

Gives me ideas and locations to search for my ancestors.

it's interesting

Good reminders of primary vs secondary sources as I sometimes forget and use death certificates as primary, etc. Enjoy suggestions for further research as they help me think further and focus my personal research efforts.

Real research for beginners, intermediate and refresher ideas for the seasoned.

I like looking at your problem research processes and comparing them to mine.

Provides good problem solving exercises

I like that it is the actual work of genealogy problem solving not theoretical

Methodology explained.

Real case studies with detailed research steps and results.

using case histories to highlight use and analysis of unusual records

Gives me new perspective on some of my brick walls.

Real work but just words, theories or rules.

Shows the method that is used to solve a problem.

The variety and the depth of research

I like how structured it is and the methodology is easy to follow

The steps necessary for a complete search of any clues are spelled out in detail.

I like the thorough, detailed examination of a real genealogy case study. It's academic, not just entertaining. I can learn good procedures.

I like how in-depth you get on a focused topic.

It shows good genealogy procedures in action.

The personal touch

?? Haven't had a chance to read them yet. I just save them in a file for later use.

Lessons in methodology. Deeper examination of common sources.

Practical examples

I very much enjoy the methodology and the feeling of 'discussion' of problem solving with another genealogist.

Information provided, websites, Ideas, just about everything.

focus on problem-solving

You detail an orderly research process, beginning with framing the right questions.

Thought process. Logical approach. Demonstration of extracting all possible clues.

Case studies that are relevant to most researchers

I enjoy reading about the different approaches you take to solving problems. Many times I would have done the same; other times I learn something completely new.

sequence of steps to solve problem

I'm always learning something

Learning the importance of attention to detail, that things are not always as they seem.

Great research ideas!

one concise topic/problem/issue with steps for resolution of same

The emphasis on metholodology with real examples.

articles that help with research for all nationalities

I enjoy having another viewpoint when looking at case studies.

Your steps in the research process to arrive at the result.

I was not aware of some of the resources one could check - i.e. applying for the original SS application

Methodical examination of genealogical clues to determine facts and next research steps

I like your discussions of sources and also your pieces about your personal research: how you have analyzed the problem to decide which records to search and then what you found.

Practial work, not just words and theory.


How you use case studies to show how to overcome problems.

the focus on analyzing documents using case studies. casefile clues fills a void in genealogy information

the thoroughness and step by step process described, the enables me to use the same process for my "brick walls"

The detail in each newsletter on how to research a particular document...it is written in such a way to make you think about what you are looking for.

The fact that it uses real case studies to show how and what can be done with various sources or in various situations. And that you attempt to cite those sources correctly.

variety of topics


Even though I am not actively doing genealogy right now it helps me to focus on research problems I still need to solve.

I enjoy the problem-solving focus of the newsletter.

Analysis of sources - explaining your thinking on what needs to come next

the logic applied to unpuzzle genealogy

Love reading the process of your research.

It seems to go over various situations that you run into with doing research of ancestors...like hearing things wrong or different... getting homestead records or railroad retirement records in the mail and (not thinking to number the pages as they are received) just mixing them up...
offers learning by example i.e. case studies, interesting, varied

Solutions to brick walls that perhaps I did not think of in my search

I can always find something relevant in Casefile Clues to apply to my own research.

Clearly explained ways of using a variety of sources to solve a genealogical question.

It's a great illustration of how to approach a genealogy problem by writing down all the collected evidence and analyzing it. This approach is one of the most recommended genealogy techniques, and Casefile Clues shows how it's done - and what benefits can be reaped from it.


  1. Thanks Myrt.....I completely missed your comment. I must have one of my settings wrong.