Seeing the big picture in genealogical research.
Genealogical Research: Finding a clue to your missing ancestors often means thinking big.
Getting the big picture of your ancestor is fundamental in good genealogy research. But, the big picture is not composed of a combination of records. The big picture of an individual always exists, because the person existed.
In order to see the big picture, we must take into consideration the whole of a person’s life, the possible range of events, the historical context, the location, the time period; we must consider the society and family circumstances in which they lived, and the culture and social relationships they had over a lifetime. This purposeful overview of an ancestor’s life, or timeline, guides us to discovering the actual events of their history through research and documentation.
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