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You may have asked yourself: “I find lots of great information, but when it comes time to write it in my pedigree or share it with someone else, I can never find it. What can I do to keep better track of my hard work?” Poor organization and poor note keeping can result in frustration, mistakes, lost information, and more work. In this episode, Jesse and Tom will show you some examples of organizational systems for genealogical information and the benefits of developing your own. You will learn how to find a system that works for you and organize your digital and physical files so you can find your records easily.
You may have asked yourself: “I’ve been doing a lot of research by myself, but I still haven’t been able to locate the records I am looking for. Is there anyone searching the same records that might have more information?” “Is there anyone else searching my same family tree who might be able to get me more information or with whom I can share information I have found?” Even with patient and diligent searching, records can often be difficult to find when working alone. In this episode, Jesse and Tom will show you how online resources and genealogical societies can help you connect with people who may be researching your same ancestor. You will learn how to locate and use different resources, and how to work with other people in various parts of the world.
You may have asked yourself: “How do records end up online?” “What is indexing?” "How can I help?" “Who does the indexing for all of our records?” In this episode, Jesse and Tom will show you what indexing is, how it can help with family history research, and how you can participate in indexing. You will learn how indexing records can help you improve your handwriting recognition, lead you to new records, and allow you to help others find their ancestors.
This video is adapted from a presentation given at the 2010 National Genealogical Society Conference entitled “Doing Research in Real Time-An Exhilarating Collaboration Experience!" Its purpose is to demonstrate that genealogical research can be conducted by forming a collaborative team that can work together online. By utilizing this type of approach, a small team of researchers can produce more artifacts and results in less time than a single researcher working alone. The Wiki Article/Handout link found above provides more detailed information about the process and tools that can be selected and utilized.