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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 consists of an intensive study of the types of information and how to gather it. We 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.

Course Content

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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