2. Chapter 7Organizing & Evaluating Research FindingsThe Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy Val D. Greenwood
3. Purpose of Record Keeping Notes and Records Documentation• You will be judged by the completeness and accuracy of your research
4. Good Research NotesKeep you in touch with your genealogical problemAid those who follow youAvoid duplication at all cost
5. Two MethodsPaper – 20th Century StyleComputer-21st Century Style
6. 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)
7. 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!
8. Research NotesSimpleCompleteNot time consumingResearcher’s identity and date of research on each page• Do not recopy paper notes!
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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