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use your eyeballs

Posted by on January 29, 2012

I know this. But yet at work I made an error this last week because I didn’t ask to review something for myself so I could positively, irrefutably confirm. So, don’t be like GeekyTexan – know this AND do this.

Two recent examples. While working on Lesson 12 for NGS-HSC on passenger records, I had a database listing for my great-great-great grandmother from Germany but couldn’t seem to put my hands on the cool version…the know, the one you can barely read. Search after search, name variation after name variation, checking and double-checking that supposedly records for that port at that time existed. I just couldn’t give up. So I started browsing passenger list records. Reading them name by name. Score! I found my Reinhardt as Rhenchard. On the cool version…old timey handwriting and all. I spent waaaay too much time on it but I know you understand. Happened again this weekend. I knew that my Scrivner lived in a certain place because of other records but couldn’t find him on the 1830 census. As you and I know, there’s not many search criteria on that one (can’t search on tick marks). I started reviewing the county’s census page by page. Not the transcript but the cool version. I found my Scrivner as a Soubner (as transcribed). I personally think it has all the components of Scribner. But then I’m biased. So join me in saying no to shortcuts! Say no to good enough! Look at it with your own eyeballs!

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