My apologies for this post in advance. It is sort of a recap of a frustrating week of online research. I'm hoping to have the Keeling-Thorowgood families wrapped up in a day or two and the results posted. I also hope to get to the Indiana State Library next week to access the repository's Virginia resources.
 Document your work!
 If you do use evidence, make sure it applies to the person you are researching, not a cousin or person of the same name.
 Use common sense when matching children to parents. If mama is pushing the limits of childbearing years, there is a fair to middling chance she is the wrong mama.
 If a couple has three or four children born before they get married, that's a red flag! The marriage date is off, the birthdates are in error, or the kids aren't theirs. [We're not talking about the last 30 years or so; that's a whole other story!]
 Realize that typos or poor eyesight may play a role. 3 vs. 8, 5 vs. 6, 3 vs. 9. Numbers can be transposed, misread, miswritten or mistyped. Also, the folks copying headstone inscriptions may make errors as well.
 Evaluate the information you have gathered and formulate a reasonably sound hypothesis based on that information. Don't be afraid to disagree with the 25-30 folks who have posted trees, they all may have followed one person's tree - accurate, or not.