The Ancestry.com blog recently posted a piece entitled "The Legend of Harry Setzer". Why should you care about Harry Setzer? Well, you probably don't - but what you should care about is the real purpose of the blog post, which is to give you a blow-by-blow account on how to dig up some missing information and in the process evaluate the sources. Although the post doesn't address the citation of the sources they uncover - it is ALWAYS best to do so as you go along. As someone who didn't do that in the beginning, I can tell you it is a LOT harder to go back and reconstruct than it is to do it right the first time. All of this gives credibility to your search and the tree you are building. After all, why do all this work if you aren't going to do it well.
All of us encounter brick walls in our family history journey. But a well-constructed research plan that you follow consistently will usually get you somewhere useful. This blog post shows you just how well such a plan can work. If you use a research log as a guide while you are digging around, it makes your search easier, and saves a ton of time. Plus it gives you a place to cite all those sources as you go along.
Click here to read the post and follow along as Ancestry.com unravels the mystery surrounding Harry Setzer.
-- submitted by Denise Doyon