In his second session Dr. Jones worked through a case study - using only online sources asking the question - can you solve the problem using only online sources? As you might guess, to quote Judy Russell - "it depends".
The particular case study that Dr. Jones used was a man who changed his name several times. I realized that this was something I had never really thought about (except for my great-grandfather who was and is a bit of a mystery.) We saw records that I might have dismissed because I would have assumed that they were a totally different person. It made me realize that a:) I need to think more outside the box and b:) I really need to keep an open mind. I will be searching record sets a bit differently going forward.
This afternoon we took a great field trip to the Utah State Archives. What an interesting place!! We got the backroom tour. We saw where they store the records and got to see the retrieval system in action.
|Record Storage At Archives|
This tour was another reminder of thinking outside the box to look for records you hadn't thought about and to look for them in places you hadn't thought about.
This may turn out to be my biggest lesson of the week - THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!!!!