Document As You Go

From the FamilySearch Research Wiki:

One of the most fundamental and important principles of family history research is to organize and document AS YOU GO![1] Good documentation includes:

  • Research logs—Fill in the purpose of each search, and source data on logs before looking at the source. After success, list where you found the copy. Log strategies.[2]
  • Family group records—Keep up-to-date with source footnotes for every event. Add all events like census, military service, and migrations to the family group record.
  • Photocopies of most sources—If the repository will allow it, ALWAYS make a photocopy.
  • Well-organized files—Stay organized by completing paperwork and filing before starting another search.

Follow the link above for more details on how documentation supports your research effort.


Notes by Mark Dries via Flickr.

Why Citing Sources Is Important

Diana Elder has a great story that also demonstrates the importance of citing your sources . . .

Have you ever read a family history with an interesting fact, like “Great Grandma was a full blooded Cherokee”? You’re excited to read more and see some proof, but there is nothing: no source citations or documentation of any kind. You’re left in the dark, wondering how much to believe in that history.

Get the rest of this story at Family Locket.