Sunday, January 05, 2014

Docu-Challenge: A page from my step-mother's genealogy book

Accept the challenge to transcribe and analyze a historical document and share your thoughts with others via comments to this blog post and during tomorrow's Mondays with Myrt. (It's a Google+ Hangout on Air.)

Let's take a look at a page from my step-mother's genealogy binder:

With any document, I recommend following Birdie Holsclaw's practice to transcribe the document word-for-word, including typed, stamped and handwritten text.

Let's answer these questions:
  • What is this document?
  • How would you describe the physical appearance of this document?
  • What does this document say about Edward Bethel Jackson?
  • What other people are mentioned in this document
  • What information items do you find most reliable in this document? 
  • What information items do you find less reliable in this document?
  • What value is this document without a citation indicating provenance?
  • What would you do with this digital document?
  • What other record groups will you consider after analyzing this document?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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