British Military - What Else Do I Know but Didn't Think was Important?

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Now that you’ve gone back and obtained the source of the information you started with, you will want to carefully examine the source to make sure you’ve pulled every possible clue from that source and that you have correctly interpreted the information given in that source.

What else do you know which might provide direction, but you didn’t think important?

After gathering whatever source(s) you have, take a careful look at them tomake sure you've pulled every possible clue from whatever you have. Here are some things you might already have, but which you might not have thought were important:

  • Places in a record or story may be clues – where an event took place, children’s birthplaces in a census or other record, etc.
  • other relatives, friends or neighbors mentioned in the same record may help establish identity. e.g., someone mentioned in two separate records may help establish the two records are for the same person.
  • regiments, battles, campaigns, forts, or stations mentioned in a story or record may be the clues needed to identify the regiment or the individual.
  • medals or uniforms in a picture (see artifacts) may help identify the regiment as well as places where the person served in the military.
  • [If you can think of other things, please add them here].

After considering these things, you may also want to reconsider if there are other items you have but which you didn’t think would give any clues.

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