F.A.Q.’s of General Historical Research or Family Research
When using this website for any research purpose, it is probably best to start out with search button found on pages. Simply enter the search term you are looking for, and if a search tag has been inserted for that term, or if a stored article title includes that term, then you will see a list of documents that contain that term. When documents are listed, you should probably follow up by going to that document (or documents) for further detailed information. If, however your search comes up empty, you might try a variation of that term spelling or try looking in a location document for details.
For example, what if you are researching ‘Thomas Fox’ of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and there is no specific document for him by his name, you might also try using the search term ‘Cambridge’ and look through its document(s). Or, if you are researching ‘Sinclair,’ and there is no specific document for that family name, but you know the family originated in Scotland, then try searching with the term ‘Scotland’ or ‘Caithness’ and search through the results displayed for those terms.
OK, let’s look at a few of the questions that might pop up in your own research efforts. I’ll address this few and leave the rest up to you to ask and answer for yourself. Hopefully the book (“ABCs of Family Research” – available for purchase online at Amazon or found in your local bookstore or library) has asked and answered many questions for you already.