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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started, Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It, and Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice  by Louise St Denis, Brenda Dougall Merriman and Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

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Daily Journal

You will become confused very quickly by the many sources you’ll contact or check into during your research. To help you remember your activities, list everything you do in this daily journal.

The activity could be something as simple as calling your grandmother asking for information on her sister or writing a letter to an aunt requesting missing data. The activity can also be as complex as spending all day in an archive looking through census, microfilms or military records.

You will find this journal handy to remind you to send second requests should information requested not have been received yet. Remember, your own notes can become confusing, so make your comments clear and accurate so that your notes make sense to you even months after the fact.

If you are interested in knowing how much time you’ve dedicated to your project, indicate the time you started and ended each activity.

Not all the information must be written on one line; use several lines in the activity column to make your comments very clear.


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Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online courses Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started, Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It, and Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about these courses or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at wiki@genealogicalstudies.com

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