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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 ($).
You want to keep your information as accurate and as up-to-date as possible. You have become the family historian. Your relatives should expect to keep you updated every time an event occurs in their family.
Hopefully, you will get notices of births, marriages and deaths. But sometimes your family will forget to let you know.
So every time you communicate with family members, and periodically maybe with a Christmas card or through a family newsletter, always include this form. Ask not only about new births, marriages and deaths, but also about changes in addresses, separations and divorces.
Remember to also bring lots of copies of this form to family gatherings— family reunions, Christmas parties or someone’s birthday.
All this will keep your information active and up-to-date.
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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