Different Paradigms for Overcoming Lost Records Using Technology
The reason we have different paradigms for overcoming lost records is because the possibility of something existing depends upon the locality, policies, and time period of a specific record collection. Thus there are many ways of restoring or calculating information originally found in missing records. Before this can be done, however, a knowledge of the multiple, jurisdictional origins of the locality; the history and regional customs who might have collected similar information using different record groups; an awareness of record repositories and their collections; and an understanding of geographical and political factors that have had an impact on the availability of records is most helpful.
Karen Clifford, AG, FUGA, has credentials in the Midwestern, Southern, and Mountain West Regions, is President of Genealogy Research Associates, Inc., an Instructor/Curriculum Developer in genealogy/technology courses at Monterey Peninsula College (California) and Salt Lake Community College, has authored several genealogy textbooks focusing on research methodology including The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy, the Internet and Your Genealogy Computer Program (Genealogical Publishing Company 2011); Digging Deeper: Understanding Pre-1805 Genealogy Record Groups (graonline.com 2012); and Becoming an Accredited Genealogist (Ancestry.com 2002). Karen has written and edited several published family histories for genealogy clients and produced multi-media DVD histories.