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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MINING FOR ANCESTORS

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly 40:2 (Summer 2008) includes an interesting article called "Mining for Ancestors- A Challenge to Our Readers." The crux of the article is this: in documents you possess relating to your family lines, mention in probably made of hundreds, possibly thousands of persons not part of your lines. Those persons were not of special interest to you, so their names are probably not noted in transcriptions, indexes, or other finding aids you’ve created for those documents. As the article says, “Our challenge to you is to start mining for other genealogist’s ancestors in your files. Think of it as one of those random acts of genealogical kindness.” The Editorial Committee of the ISGS Quarterly goes on to invite readers to send in their notes about non-family members encountered in documents in their personal collections.

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