I always make the point when I’m teaching a beginner’s class that it is never a good idea to assume anything in genealogy, not about a person, not about a place, and not about dates. Double and triple that when you go back in time fifty or a hundred years or more. Dick Eastman’s blog EOGN reminds me of that with two humorous entries that I include here. If you are not aware of EOGN, please click the above live link. You are in for a treat and lots of information.
The next example is a clip that relates to technology. Anyone who has used a typewriter will get it. The following link will bring you to a silent and extremely short link from YouTube that Eastman discovered. A woman returns to work after a number of years and a complete change in technology.
These two humorous examples only go back to the beginning of the 20th and the 21st centuries. When you go back further in time, you can really get into trouble.
vea/5 June 2014
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