It is the question which propels us. From our earliest days, to the meaning of life at the end, we ask questions, and, if we are lucky, we have the time and the means to answer at least a few.
Genealogists answer questions regarding an individual's identity, and the relationship of one individual to another. Along the way, and sometimes in order to substantiate a relationship many "facts" about individuals are discovered.
Results, for a genealogist, is that which answers the asked question (specific or implied) about the relationship and/or identity of a specific individual.
Answering a semi-global question about an individual may require many contributary questions, which will each have their own results - which may in turn spawn more questions before a satisfactory result is developed (rarely just found), to the large question.
My grandfather taught at Keewatin academy. There is no book or even magazine article about this school. Through multiple newspaper ads, listings in catalogs of schools, and comments about former students of Keewatin, it was possible to determine specifics about the school. 30 different sources and at least that many footnotes for a paragraph in the final document.
So…. Ask those questions…. And seek results !!!
Till next time,
2018 begins with an "ABC-darium," a walk through the alphabet expanding into short comments on matters genealogical. Published on most Tuesdays and some Fridays, a letter may be visited more than once before moving on.
© 2018, SE Ross