The Research Plan: Two-step Next Steps?
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “The Research Plan: Two-step Next Steps?” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage(https://www.evidenceexplained.com/quicktips/research-plan-two-step-next-steps : accessed 30 Sept 2015).
Two-Step Next Steps, was an interest question, based on a project I am working on, in a Class I am teaching.
The basis for the class is a chart I created based on a number of other resources. Mostly from Cyndis’ List, but also from the Genealogy Class that DearMYRTLE Study Group did.
I like the image of going in circles. Starting with ONE Question and trying to find the answer.
A student presented her question. It was a very simple question, where was this person born.
Using the Google Sheet we used with DearMYRTLE: bit.ly/CousinRussResearchSheets we did a search for a Census Record for this person, using the search feature on FamilySearch.org. We were successful.
The next day, I ran into my student and she was all excited that she FOUND the ANSWER to her question.
The problem was that she has jumped based a couple of steps along the way. We in fact had a 3 times “around the circle” plan to find her answer. The problem is that she Jumped to a Conclusion too quickly or she skipped “Evaluate Sources” step.
She did find AN answer, or the answer she was looking for, but not THE answer.
What she will learn in the next class is that she ran into the Genealogical Iceberg. That record isn’t only (yet) according to Family Search.
With the circle approach, for me at least, is that the Question needs to be changed a bit. Not the Town he was born, but was he born At Home or in a Local Hospital.
We. as a class. are developing a Research Plan, but need to make adjustments based on the “new information” that we find as we go along.
The QuickLesson told me, that a revision in THE PLAN may change, based on the current findings. But my caution to the class will be Don’t Jump to a Conclusion too quickly.
Lesson Learned: Stick to the plan and make adjustments as you go, as required.