I is for…Investigation

I didn’t think I would be back so soon with another post for the Gould Genealogy Alphabet Challenge but I was suddenly inspired.

You see, it’s elementary, my dear Watson, I is for investigation.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND “WATSON”. (1930, May 4). Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954), p. 8. Retrieved July 5, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article58381914

Without it where would we, as researchers, be?  It is the very act of investigation that makes us researchers.

We search for clues, follow leads and uncover facts.  The thrill of the chase  brings us back for more.

Who hasn’t felt a bit like Sherlock Holmes before?  As one clue leads to another, suddenly a profile of person or a story that has been hidden reveals itself before our eyes.  Elementary!

Often we find ourselves digging around in the time of Holmes, but of course the occasional Inspector Clouseau moment occurs. Sometimes the  juggling of various resources or social media pages would be better to suited to the likes of Inspector Gadget.

However,  it is the discoveries which lead us to do the researcher happy dance that leave us feeling like the divine Miss Phryne Fisher (**Insert Magnum P.I. if you are not of the female persuasion)

9 thoughts on “I is for…Investigation

  1. And why is it that the best “hits” are made at midnight when everyone in the house is asleep!!


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  3. Genealogy = investigation … you bet!! Now here’s a theory … that should mean that detectives (as in those that actually do it as a paid job) would make great genealogists, and vice versa.


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