The questions being asked had to do with two people in the FamilySearch.org Family Tree who had evidently been confused. I was asked questions concerning the identity and life events of the two sisters. After a very short investigation, I found the pertinent information, including the birth, marriage and residence information for one of the sisters. This information was enough to clarify the entries in the Family Tree. I had never heard of either of these people prior be being asked the questions.
I will rephrase the question I asked at the end of my last post. Did my activity of finding information about the conflicted entries in the Family Tree constitute research? What exactly was I doing? The initial information I was supplied included a possible maiden name for the target individual, her husband's name and a birth date. I did a Google search for the married couple and found a possible match in California. Within a few minutes, I found a marriage record where the birth information matched. The rest of the records were also fairly easy to find.
You could argue that I went through the "standard research process" including each of the following steps in a highly abbreviated form:
- Identify what you know about your family
- Decide what you want to know about your family
- Select records to search
- Obtain and search the records
- Use the information
Previous installments of this series include: