Check close to home
I've only recently started to research my GIRLING family tree and I've learnt something very important: don't assume just because you live in a family that everybody in the family knows the same things about your relatives and ancestors as you do.
My sister is helping with this project from her home on the other side of England and sent me an e-mail that she had received, commenting on it that it "didn't add anything to what we already knew." Except it contained a number of bits of information that I didn't know. She had assumed that as we were brother and sister we both knew the same things. A quick phone discussion revealed that we both knew things that the other didn't........
So now there is a brief break from my research whilst I get everything that my sister knows but I don't into writing and added to what I already have.
The information that we have received after my sister got my grandfather's wedding photo into the local paper where he used to live has put us in touch with relatives that we didn't know we had, and some people who knew my grandfather from their young days. It has also enabled us to add some names to the photo on my home page so I've added those details below the photo. There are still a few blanks and a few queries where we haven't had a positive identification, but it is looking so much better now.