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    • Ch 7 by Elizabeth Kutz
    • Chapter 7Organizing & Evaluating Research FindingsThe Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy Val D. Greenwood
    • Purpose of Record Keeping Notes and Records Documentation• You will be judged by the completeness and accuracy of your research
    • Good Research NotesKeep you in touch with your genealogical problemAid those who follow youAvoid duplication at all cost
    • Two MethodsPaper – 20th Century StyleComputer-21st Century Style
    • Paper MethodTake notes on good quality, uniform sized (letter) paperDo not recopy your notes (do it right the first time!) Use pencil (no ink)
    • Computer MethodWord – Good for all notesExcel – Excellent for spreadsheets and tables. Can be imported into WordImages-All pictures, photocopies, etc.• The advantage of using the computer method is the ability of having ALL research with you and NO paper!
    • Research NotesSimpleCompleteNot time consumingResearcher’s identity and date of research on each page• Do not recopy paper notes!
    • Research CalendarAll research – positive or negativeFootnote form for sourcesDate of researchLimited range, preferably by localityResearcher’s identity on all pagesTable of contents for your notesSignificant findings - optional
    • Notes, etc.Contain purpose of researchContain condition of record(s) File systematically – locality, surname, chronologicallyKeep copy of pedigree in file Tabulate, evaluate, and analyze periodically
    • FinallyWrite periodic reports for file –most important as it satisfies GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard)NEVER, NEVER throw away any of your research notes or calendars