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Finding the 'Core Truth' in a Tradition

10 August 2014
Here's a six-step plan for finding a 'core truth' in lore or tradition. It works. Every time. ...

Oral History: 'Truth' and Consequences

8 August 2014
Five reasons why oral history often goes astray . . .

Are You a Creative Researcher?

6 August 2014
Creativity in historical research is a good thing. It doesn't mean creating records. It means creating new ways to look at those records and link them into something greater than individual tidbits of information. If you're looking for ways to develop your creativity, here are 6 of them ...

A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose—At Least When We Cite Them

4 August 2014
Or to put it another way: a kirchenbüch is a klokkerbøk is a church book. Regardless of the country in which we do research, our citations to church books have ...

Too Poor to Trace?

2 August 2014
Solutions to the toughest research problems almost always call for an integration of sources. Because no one type of document can be relied upon to state a needed answer in plain words, researchers typically have to correlate bits and shreds of evidence from a myriad of records. A common reason why this effort fails, in rural areas, is a supposition that ...

Neifes and Villeins:

31 July 2014
"Because, under the English Common Law, a freeman might marry a neife, or a villein a freewoman—the issue ... would follow the condition of the father, but the marriage was lawful. ... But the spurious issue of a neife, though by a free father, would be a villein." Hmhh. This doesn't sound like language in the good ol' U.S.A. of 1842! ...

Just What Is 'Thorough Research'?

29 July 2014
Here at EE, we hear this question often. How much do we have to look at before we can say we've done "thorough" or "reasonably exhaustive" research? If we've found direct evidence to answer our research question, is that enough? Do we really have to have three sources that all agree? ...

Sins against Clio & St. Genie

27 July 2014
When you seek an answer to a research question, do you head for sources that are the easiest to use or give the quickest answers? (What might we call that? The sin of immediate gratification?) When you ...

Citing Card Files & Vertical Files

25 July 2014
Many libraries maintain card files and vertical files on a variety of subjects—particularly local libraries. These compiled works can be cited in much the same manner as manuscript materials. We may have ...

Legacies of British Slave Ownership

23 July 2014
Slaveowners and the enslaved are both featured in a massive project undertaken by the University College London. Legacies of British Slave-ownership, according to its creators, "is the umbrella for ...

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