Sunday, March 21, 2010

What do you want to see updated?

Some of the items I have written about for Casefile Clues already have updates in the works. Some do not. If there are any topics/families you would like to see updates on, please let me know and I'll add them to my list.

Remember that Casefile Clues really tries to focus on the process and the method. Sometimes I have updates in mind when I write a column because I have done more research. Sometimes I really don't know where the research will lead because I am essentially writing about it as I do it. Personally I think that keeps it fresh and hopefully adds a little bit of "drama" to Casefile Clues.

I always loved teachers who showed the wrong way of doing things and then explained either why it was always wrong or why it didn't work in that instance. I think that is a great way to learn. Casefile Clues will also continue to have record analysis, such as was recently done with the Habben-Ufkes mortgage from 1870s Illinois, and the John Demoss will from Maryland in the 1820s. But our case studies generally will be research in progress, we'll try to keep showing those "wrong" paths as well as the ones that worked.

I'm not even going to say that research is finished. We all know better than that. I'm having fun with Casefile Clues and hope that readers are too.

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