When you do a careful survey of what is already known and often in print, you can save up to 150 hours of tedious research. Locating and using family histories, genealogies, compiled biographies, autobiographies, “first settlers collections, and other narrative source will pay rich dividends for the time you spend. Access to these sources is available today as never before—state-wide indexes, online finding aids, published copies, digital versions with indexes. Also covered: gallows confessions, courtroom biographies given under oath, and captive accounts.