Joys of Discovery—Historical Research and Writing

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History is so interesting that I am surprised you are not all historians. As a matter of fact, I believe all of you are, in a way. Some of you just tell stories of your youth to your grand-children—and of course all of these tales are very accurate and unembellished. Some of you are ardent genealogists, and genealogy is a specialized branch of history. Much of the scripture you study is history. Some of you read, rather than write history; and history is never complete until it is read. Historical work can be divided generally into two major undertakings: first, RESEARCH—the gathering of facts; second, WRITING—the synthesis of facts, the telling of the story.

 

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