(2) Pick out one of those persons named Mary Smith and do some online research for her in Ancestry, FamilySearch, or another set of record collections. Your goal is to add something to your database.
(3) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.
1. Well, I was totally wrong. I actually do have a Mary Smith in my family tree. One. Just one. She is not an ancestor; I have no known ancestors named Smith. This Mary Smith is the wife of my second cousin once removed.
2. I actually did find a record for my Mary Smith! On FamilySearch, in an aggregated database, I found a record indicating Mary and her husband were living in Falls Church, Virginia sometime between 1996 and 2007. I'm sure it's the correct person because the birthdate is exactly as I have it in my database.