Thursday, June 3, 2010
Expedition to Kerlin's Well
From a genealogical standpoint, this experience illustrates several important lessons. First and foremost, you need to use all of the resources you have available to solve a genealogical puzzle or brick wall. It helps to publicize your search in detail. I don't think posts such as "looking for Uncle Fred" are helpful at all. Your posts online need to tell a story and ask for help. You also need to realize that the more different places (or sources) you examine, the more likely you are to find a lead to the information you are seeking. Also, don't give up. Just because nothing shows up in Google search or two or more, does not mean that the answer is not staring at you from the computer screen. My ignorance of GeoCaching meant that I had the answer months before I finally figured out how to find the answer.
The next day we went to the Northern Arizona University Special Collections Department to look at a huge collection of historical documents donated by Henry Tanner's son, George Shepherd Tanner. Stay tuned.