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Re: Finding Information
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday 05 December 17 22:44 GMT (UK) »
Exactly, it's the only way. If people don't quote their sources, I'm sure no one would object to you asking how they found something.
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Re: Finding Information
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday 05 December 17 23:13 GMT (UK) »
I learned from watching the helpers/searchers on forums. Note the sites used when they refer to them or when they provide links. If they find something others couldn't find check spellings, transcriptions etc and find out how they found it. Bookmark all useful sites for quick access. Try to help others in that way you will improve your own searches.


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Re: Finding Information
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday 06 December 17 09:48 GMT (UK) »
Sometimes the people know of more specialised sites, having found them useful in the past.

For example someone with Essex roots would know all about SEAX but be unlikely to know about great volunteer projects in Lancashire such as LancashireBMD and Lancashire Online Parish Clerks.

We are truly spoiled in our part of the world, while others have very sparse online resources.

The good news is that there are RootsChatters who are happy to help when you get stuck. Often it is the solving of a puzzle that is rewarding, a bit like a logic problem.

Even those of us who have been around the block a few times get stuck sometimes. A couple of my knotty problems have been untied recently on these boards.
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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