Monday, 18 April 2016

ESM's QuickLessons A DearMYRTLE Genealogy Study Group Lesson 6 and The Research Plan

Hilary Gadsby

QuickLesson 6: Mindmapping Records    
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 6: Mindmapping Records,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage ( : accessed 17 April 2016).        

Based on the Settlement Examination I referred to in Lesson 5 I have created a Mindmap showing where I will go next in the research for this ancestor and her ancestors using the information found in the document.

If it is easier to view this link will open in another window My Mindmap.
By looking at what I have found in this document I can create a plan of where to search for further records that will confirm and expand upon what was found in this one record.

The Research Plan: Two-step Next Steps?
Elizabeth Shown Mills, "The Research Plan: Two-step Next Steps?" Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage ( : accessed 17 April 2016).

The key element to my research from the map I have created is to find out more about the identity of Mary Eley mother of Louisa Richards. If I was to find more in some of these records I would have to determine her maiden name. I briefly discussed where I have got with my research in my previous post.
The research process requires a step by step approach and not fully analysing the results at each stage can lead us to jump to the wrong conclusions.
I was fortunate that Mary married Edward Eley using her maiden name and this marriage was the only one in the register that would fit the information obtained from the Settlement Examination. If she had married someone with a more common name in this area the search would have been less straightforward.

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