When it comes to researching those Irish farmers and merchants who were well enough off to be able to lease land, there is little that has been as rewarding for me as the Memorials of Deeds. It always makes me think of the movie All the President's Men – where Deep Throat said follow the money.
|In my element - a few years ago.|
- Always look sideways, but don’t lose focus on your end goal. Bear in mind that gems are often in unexpected places.
- Share what you have learned. Even if it isn’t useful to you, it may help others.
- Enter what you have gleaned into at least one database. Write it all down. You won’t remember it all.
- I said that there were three things that I have learned – but I lied. Here is a fourth. Always cross-reference your deeds data with other sources such as letters, newspapers, and parish records. That’s when the picture can really start to jump out in 3D.
|I love my Moleskin notebook - but the closer I get to closing time, the more my writing degenerates.|