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Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording
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The objective of this course is to teach you how to effectively search and record your information.

Just to recap: During Methodology-Part 1: Getting Started and Methodology-Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding we reminded you often that there are many ways to approach your genealogical project. We also made you aware that there are many ways of getting yourself organized; what is important is to choose a system that works for you.

Methodology-Part 3: More Strategies and Methodology-Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording continue from the first two Basic Methodology courses, providing you with different methods of managing your genealogical project.

Methodology-Part 3: More Strategies will consist of an intensive study of the types of information and how to gather it. We shall look at how to organize this information, the research process, and even your genealogical office. Strategies for planning your project and for using original records complete the course.

Methodology-Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording deals with what to look for in the main sources and how to record it. We then discuss the many methods of synthesizing your research results for presentation and preservation.


Module 1
Step 4: Effective Searching & Recording

Locating Research Already Done Or In Progress
  • Published Family Histories = Research Already Done
  • Locating Other Researchers = Work In Progress

    Consistency In Format & Use Of Abbreviations

    The Five Essential Parts of a Good Record
  • Today''s Date
  • Citation of Source
  • Condition of Record
  • The Purpose of Your Search
  • What You Found - Exactly & Completely

    Use of Transcript or Abstract Forms

    Recording Family Sources
  • Written Sources
  • Family Bibles
  • Letters
  • Oral Sources
  • Visual Sources
  • Artefacts

    Recording Civil Registratioon (Vital Statistics)

    Module 2
    Recording ... Continued

    Recording Census
  • Census Running Log
  • Census Transcript

    Recording Parish & Other Religious Registers
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI)
  • Phonetic Spellings
  • Foundlings'' Names

    Calendar Changes
  • Old Style & New Style
  • Julian & Gregorian Calendars & ''The Lost 11 days''
  • Genealogical Surprises

    Recording Parish Registers with Patronymics
    Recording Probate
    Recording Land Records

    Module 3
    Step 5: Documentation

    Recording & Photocopying The Revelant Items
  • What Can You Photocopy?
  • LDS Request for Photocopies
  • Census Records, Books, Microfilm or Microfiche Form

    General Microfilm & Microfiche
  • IGI & Sources Form (31831)

    Module 4
    Step 6: Presenting & Preserving Your Research
    Accuracy & Ethical Considerations In Publishing Data
    Synthesis Of Research Results
    Standard Methods of Synthesis of Research Results

    Biography Synopsis
  • Family Group Record
  • Surname Descent Chart
  • Pedigree Chart
  • Standard Pedigree Chart & Birth Brief
  • Ahnentafel or Continental Pedigree
  • Circular & Fan Pedigree Charts
  • Decorative Pedigree Charts

    Module 5
    Descendancy Chart
  • Computer Format
  • Narrative Format or Paragraph Pedigree
  • Sun Charts
  • Decorative Descent Charts
  • Family Tree or Drop-Line Chart
  • Computer Software Programme Ancestor Notes
  • The Ancestorgraph

    Charts for Other Interests

    Module 6
    Preserving Your Research
    Stop & Write Up Frequently
    Share With Others

    Writing a Family History
  • Guides
  • General Considerations in Writing

    Simple Ways to Organize Your Book
  • Narrative Accounts
  • Family Reference Book
  • Theme Approach
  • Sources-based Approach
  • ''How I Did It'' Account
  • Combinations

    Survival of Your Research
  • Your Final Say - Disposal of Your Research After Your Death

    Reference Materials
  • Books
  • Coures

    Appendix: Useful Forms


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