Entry: deep dredging
Description: Playing at peek-a-boo with the sons and daughters of their native soil keeps family historians merrily occupied. After a time, the game is over and the hunt must begin. Every single record must be examined, all occurrences within a window ran to earth, and all mysteries smoked out. If you only catch a shrimp and get caught up with someone else's big fish, so be it. This is deep-dredging. It's not pretty, but it moves things forward.