Talk:How to Guess Where to Start

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Wrong word used

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I greatly deplore the use of the word 'guess' in these articles. A guess, as my dictionary says, is "a judgment or opinion without sufficient evidence or grounds" and it has nothing whatever to do with good genealogical research. Some other word should be found. AnthonyJCamp 18:25, 9 September 2011 (UTC).
I agree with Anthony. A "guess" to me suggests a complete stab in the dark, while the articles in the very least are talking about "educated guesses" or even working out a prediction for a piece of missing information based on the information already found. So would these articles better reflect the skill needed if renamed?
  • How to Decide Where to Start
    • Predict a spelling variation for every name on that family group
    • Predict a place for every event on that family group
    • Predict a date for every event on that family group
    • Predict the easiest (and hardest) person and event to research on that family group
    • Predict the best record types to use for finding information about any person’s event on that family group
This is just a suggestion, I'd be interested to hearing other alternatives or even why "Guess" is the best term to use. --Steve (talk| contribs) 14:36, 10 September 2011 (UTC)
How do we reach the inexperienced, the tentatively interested? Whatever words are used need to be inviting and give confidence to increase skills. I agree that an educated guess is probably better than just guessing.AdkinsWH 20:29, 20 December 2011 (UTC)