Surroundand conquer.Go backwardto come forward.The timeline is yourbest friend.In searching, don't filtertoo quickly, refine.If you can't find the truth inthe story, check out the storyteller.
I have "borrowed" your words of wisdom--quoting source. Hope you don't mind. They fit the bill so well.
Abbreviated Genealogical Wisdom, Internet-era edition:Run the name.A newspaper newly digitized? Run the name.A new set of census records on-line? Run the name.Nineteenth-century bankruptcy database available? Run the name.Whenever a new source, however unlikely, pops up, always, always, always, run the name.
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