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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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Research Checklist

How can you possibly remember what research you have done for each of your ancestors?

  • Have you talked to all the possible people who can help you?

  • Have you visited all the possible repositories of information?

  • Have you researched through all the possible records?

When you are working with multiple surnames and family lines, you “collect” more ancestors and it becomes more difficult to keep track of which sources you researched for each—if you rely on memory alone!

A Research Checklist is a tool you can return to, time and again, to ensure you have covered all bases and possible sources. While this form is designed for usage with each individual ancestor, you can also employ it as a master list for planning your research steps and stages.

Using it for individual ancestors, you can circle the boxes or sources you plan to investigate. Then you can add your check marks as your research progresses. Each time you check off more sources, depending on the outcome of your work at any stage, you can reorganize your next research plan and activity.


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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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