In A Scandal in Bohemia, private investigator extraordinaire Sherlock Holmes brings to our attention that our skills of observation can always be improved upon.
Whether reviewing a fragile marriage certificate or taking in a tin type, heightened skills of observation can benefit the genealogist. And that is just one detective method that can and should be employed.
One of the Google’s many resources is Google Books, which allows you to browse through books and magazines of almost any topic imaginable. (Have you checked out Ancestry magazine back issues at Google Books?) But if you’ve been having trouble using the site, want more information, or want to connect with other users, the new Google Books Help Forum is now up and running!
The forum allows you to get answers directly from a team of forum guides as well as other users who may know what you are looking for. You can post your question directly in a new discussion, or you can browse other posed discussion questions. When the forum team has answered it, the discussion will have “Answered” written in green below the link.
You can also sort the list of questions by recent activity, date asked, and popularity. Or you can choose to look at questions that have been answered or unanswered. In addition, Google Books Help Forum has a blog, which you can find a link to on the left side of the forum page. This is a wonderful way for new users or even the most experienced users to get help with any aspect of using Google Books. Good luck finding those genealogy gems!
I’ve been reading the blogs and Facebook postings about Who Do You Think You Are? and there’s an odd theme that keeps rearing it’s head that IMHO is off the mark. I’m surprised that this particular criticism of the show continues to surface because I think NBC, Ancestry and the producers have been pretty straight forward about what the goal of the show is. They probably didn’t think they had to say what the goal is not.
If you’d like to learn more about how to research your family history, I invite you to listen to the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast. It’s free and will walk you through the research process step-by-step.