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Question #7481 posted on 08/30/2004 4:03 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
How do you do geneaology when you're so far back, there are no more records kept?
- Wants to know

A: Dear Wants to know,

Find more records. No, seriously. You'd be amazed how the Lord will help you find records you didn't think existed. And if you really can't find more records, start finding names for aunts, uncles, and cousins, and not just direct ancestors. Branch out. There's plenty to do.

- When all else fails, read the archives... (Okay, bad joke)
A: Dear Wants to Know,

Yup. Just because standardized records aren't kept, doesn't mean there are no records on the people you are researching. The only time you should hit "absolutely no records" is before the existence of writing.