Monday, February 14, 2011

The Research Process--Michael's Paradigm

I've been thinking a lot about supposed new research paradigms. I'm not all that convinced that most aspects of genealogical research are really different in today's age. Sure we have access to more information than before and we have indexes that did not exist fifteen or twenty years ago. The difference, as I see it, is access. If we want to improve researcher's abilities, we need to give them the skills to sort, analyze, and interpret the vast amounts of information they have at their fingertips.

I've also been looking at the "Research Process Map" as given in Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained. I'm not certain that it represents how I do research, although the categorization of sources and "information" I find helpful. It seems to me that the word "information" is somewhat vague and perhaps too broad.

We'll be discussing a draft of my "research process map" in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues. And we'll be encouraging discussion from readers. Subscribe now and join the "fun."

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