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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 ($).
I’m sure you know this is not going to be smooth sailing all the way. You will run into some problems at one point or another.
This form is useful when you have met what seems like a dead end (also known as a brick wall or a roadblock) for a certain ancestor. You have checked the obvious sources and they didn’t hold answers for you. Sometimes simply organizing your information in writing on one sheet of paper may make the problem situation clearer, and may suggest new avenues to explore.
If you need to write a letter to a distant place for a search or service, having all the information listed on one sheet will help you concentrate on your request.
Remember when you write somewhere for assistance, they are only interested in the facts and not a long drawn-out story. Keep your letters as short as possible, but at the same time giving all the information that is required.
This should make looking up your request easier and hopefully an answer will be forthcoming much faster.
Remember also to always include a self addressed stamped envelope for their reply. Most organizations have a simple rule: No Stamp, No Reply...
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 email@example.com
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