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Research checklist

Posted: 25 Feb 2012 3:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hey, all:

I was wondering if anyone had a research checklist that they recommend. I'm talking about a sheet (or two) of records for each ancestor to check off as I find them. Do y'all use those? Should I use paper or try to develop some sort of electronic checklist? Am I worrying too much about this? :)

Re: Research checklist

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 12:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
I've been creating my own checklist - but I was here on the boards looking for recommendations and example checklists also. I did quite a bit of research on my tree back in the '90s and I'm just now getting back into it - and this time I'm going to include sources. (I can't believe I didn't do that back then!) So, to keep me from checking the same docs over and over, and to make sure I haven't missed anything ( ! ), I'm created a checklist. I figure it's going to be a work in progress as I discover new sources. I also plan to attach source docs to my tree and print them as well - sometimes a piece of paper in front of you is better. And of course, I'll keep a folder on each person, color-coded either red or blue to indicate which side of the family I'm working on. OCD? Maybe! But part of the fun for me is the organizing!

I've started with a list of census records (with some basic info fields), vital records (birth, death, marriage, wills, etc.), passenger lists, military records, and land records. Probably just scratching the surface, but as I said, it'll probably be a work in progress!

Main thing - have fun! Enjoy the puzzle and the pursuit. You can always go back and do more later, so don't worry about missing things. :-)

Re: Research checklist

Posted: 10 Sep 2013 2:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
I found - a very long time ago - a website that is great for a research log. http://www.censustools.com It's $15.00 for the entire package and the updates are free. He has even added the 1940 Census. There are census logs that are great, but I love the research log. I use one for each person and believe me, it has just about everything on it!
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