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Influence and Inspiration

Researching historic documents — as you've probably already experienced in your own searches— can be challenging. Often you feel like you're at a dead end, the case runs cold. This is where Legacy Investigator can help. I love busting through dead-ends and shining a light on those dark, cold cases. Since I began Geneology research more than 30 years ago, I've used Sherlock Holmes as my inspiration when I'm feeling stuck. Here are some of my favorite quotes.

  • “My name is Sherlock Holmes.  It is my business to know what other people don't know.”
  • “There is nothing like first-hand evidence.”
  • "The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes."
  • “You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.”
  • “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
  • “I never guess. It is a shocking habit,—destructive to the logical faculty.”
  • “You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.”
  • ” There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
  • “Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
  • “Having gathered these facts, Watson, I smoked several pipes over them, trying to separate those which were crucial from others which were merely incidental”
  • “Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.”
  • “A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library where he can get it if he wants.”
  • “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”
  • “That was the curious incident”
  • “Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.”
  • “When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
  • “It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
  • "Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."
  • “I cannot live without brain-work. What else is there to live for?”
  • “They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains,' he remarked with a smile. 'It's a very bad definition, but it does apply to detective work.”
  • “There is nothing new under the sun. It has all been done before.”
  • “I ought to know by this time that when a fact appears to be opposed to a long train of deductions it invariably proves to be capable of bearing some other interpretation.”
  • “I never make exceptions.  An exception disproves the rule.”
  • “The emotional qualities are at agonistic to clear reasoning”

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