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 NotesKeep you in touch with your genealogical problemAid those who follow youAvoid duplication at all cost
Two MethodsPaper – 20th Century StyleComputer-21st Century Style
Paper MethodTake notes on good quality, uniform sized (letter) paperDo not recopy your notes (do it right the first time!) Use pencil (no ink)
Computer MethodWord – Good for all notesExcel – Excellent for spreadsheets and tables. Can be imported into WordImages-All pictures, photocopies, etc.• The advantage of using the computer method is the ability of having ALL research with you and NO paper!
Research NotesSimpleCompleteNot time consumingResearcher’s identity and date of research on each page• Do not recopy paper notes!
Research CalendarAll research – positive or negativeFootnote form for sourcesDate of researchLimited range, preferably by localityResearcher’s identity on all pagesTable of contents for your notesSignificant findings - optional
Notes, etc.Contain purpose of researchContain condition of record(s) File systematically – locality, surname, chronologicallyKeep copy of pedigree in file Tabulate, evaluate, and analyze periodically
FinallyWrite periodic reports for file –most important as it satisfies GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard)NEVER, NEVER throw away any of your research notes or calendars