Friday, December 31, 2010

About Casefile Clues

We've got some new fans, followers, and subscribers, so I'm reposting this about the newsletter. We'd love to have you subscribe if you have not already joined us.

Every week Casefile Clues brings you one or more of the following:
  • Sources--Some weeks Casefile Clues focuses on a specific source or type of record, discussing how that source can be accessed, researched, and interpreted.
  • Methodology--Some weeks Casefile Clues works on one of Michael's problems. Many times these problems are "in progress," and Casefile Clues reflects that by explaining what was researched, why it was researched, and where to go next (and why).
  • Case Studies--Some weeks Casefile Clues focuses on a specific record on a specific person and analyzes that record, discusses what it says (and what it does not) and where to go next based upon that person and the specific record.
  • Citations--Casefile Clues includes citations of sources and records. Articles can easily be read without them, but we include citations for those who prefer to have them and we do try and model citations in the style of Evidence Explained.
  • Reasons--Casefile Clues tries to give you insight into why certain research avenues were pursued over others. Often the genealogist simply does not have time or money to locate every piece of paper available. Sometimes it is necessary to go with what likely will give us the "most bang for the buck."
  • Readable--We work very hard to make Casefile Clues readable. Columns are not "fluff" or generic "how-to" pieces.
  • Coverage--Casefile Clues covers all American time periods and records. All families discussed come from the ancestry of Michael's children who lived in a variety of states and countries. All examples are from actual families on which Michael has worked or is working. If you are subscribing when Casefile Clues begins discussing Philip Troutfetter, you'll see that you just can't make this stuff up.
And no advertising---so remember to spread the news. We run on a shoestring budget.

And no agenda--because there are no advertisers to irritate, I can say whatever I want. I'm usually not controversial because it is about the research. But if I use something or mention it, it is because I actually use it.

And if really want to help---consider having Michael present at your seminar or workshop. Handouts and "overheads" are regularly updated, often with newsletter examples, and I've been called "engaging," "entertaining," and "informative." I know you're not going to remember every word I say, so I keep that in mind when presenting. The goal of my presentations is to motivate you by the use of examples to get out there and get researching and to write and analyze in the process.


  1. I attended your presentation in Germantown TN on Oct. 16, 2010. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy it, I learned a lot! Your presentation style was engaging and kept my interest. I really needed to learn about analyzing the information I've collected; this presentation did exactly what I needed. Thank you so much.

  2. I've been doing genealogy for 6 years and I have a science background, so I think I already have pretty good research and analytic skills (and adequate self-esteem?? :) I don't find many genealogy writers that show me something new, but I have been learning from you. You have a more disciplined methodology than I and your writing and use of citations is better. Thanks for what you do.