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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 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 consisted of an intensive study of the types of information and how to gather it. We looked at how to organize this information, the research process, and even your genealogical office. Strategies for planning your project and for using original records completed 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.


Course Content

Module 1
Step 4: Effective Searching & Recording
 
Effective Searching
• Locating Research Already Done Or In Progress
• Published Family Histories = Research Already Done
• Locating Other Researchers = Work In Progress
 
Taking Notes during Research
• Consistency In Format & Use Of Abbreviations
 
Recording
• The Five Essential Parts of a Good Record
• Use of Transcript or Abstract Forms
• Recording Family Sources
• Written Sources
 
Recording Civil Registration/Vital Records/Vital Statistics
 

Module 2
Step 4: Effective Searching & Recording ... Continued
 
Recording ... Continued
Recording Census
 
Recording Parish & Other Religious Registers
• Phonetic Spellings
• Foundlings’ Names
 
Calendar Changes
• Julian & Gregorian Calendars & “The Lost 11 days”
• Old Style & New Style
• Genealogical Surprises
 
Recording Parish Registers with Patronymics
Recording Probate
Recording Land Records
Recording DNA
 

Module 3
Step 5: Documentation
 
Introduction  
• Required Reading
 
Recording & Copying The Relevant Items
• What Can You Copy?
• Before You Visit an Archive or Repository
• Obtaining Copies from FamilySearch
 

Module 4
Step 6: Presenting & Preserving Your Research
 
Presenting 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
Step 6: Presenting & Preserving Your Research ... Continued
 
Presenting Your Research ... Continued
• 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
Step 6: Presenting & Preserving Your Research ... Continued
 
Preserving Your Research
Stop & Write Up Frequently
Survival of Your Research
Share With Others
 
Writing a Family History
• Guides
• General Considerations in Writing
 
Simple Ways to Organize Your Book
• Narrative Accounts
• Telling the Story as a Descendancy
• Telling the Story Along Ancestral Lines
• One Surname
• Matrilineal Descent
• Several (or all) Ancestors
• Telling the Story as Descendants & Ancestors of a Pivotal Couple
• Family Reference Book
• Theme Approach
• Sources-based Approach
• 'How I Did It' Account
• Combinations
 
Your Final Say - Disposal of Your Research After Your Death
 
Recommended Reading & Resources
 
Appendix
• Useful Forms
 
 

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