It’s so simple yet so easy to overlook:
1. Pay attention to the obvious.
On 1/26/11, I spent more than thirty minutes searching for certain family members of Barbara Joyce named “Krowitz.” Failing, I dropped my gaze in defeat, which caused me to glance at a scrap of paper that had been in front of me all along. That scrap held the notes that prompted this search; the name I’d clearly jotted down was, in fact, “Kowitz.”
Once I searched that, I found the right people quickly.
So again: when researching, pay attention. It’s a great way to save yourself more than thirty minutes.