Phrase 2. 'I wish I was more organized'! Many people get started and then as the information starts pouring in and their lack of proper planning becomes evident, they feel overwhelmed and there is a tendency to give up. Family history is such a worthwhile project, and you can stay sane whilst managing large amount of data. Anyone can learn to be organized, even if your think you're the world's worst candidate.
This book has been divided into six progressive steps, which the author terms as 'The Six Steps to Success'. She starts with goal setting and then looks as the different kinds of genealogical evidence. Then it is on to discuss how to store and file these items in a manner that they can be retrieved (what good is a filing system if you can't find anything in it!) Then she goes on to discuss how to organize supplies, reference material and even idea, and how to efficiently contribute to and make use of Family History Societies and retrieve information from their journals.
Contents:Definitions - Genealogy and Family History - AbbreviationsThe Six Steps to SuccessStep 1. Defining Your Goals - The Goals - The Specific Objectives - The End Product - Points to PonderStep 2. Learning the Basics - Types of Evidence ... and Tips on Gathering It - Storage of Archival Materials - Organizing Your Information - Organizing Your Home Base - Organizing the Research ProcessStep 3. Deciding on Strategies for Research - Planning Your Project - Sources and InformationStep 4. Effective Searching and Recording - Locating Research Already Done or in Progress - Notebooks - Consistency in Format and Use of Abbreviations - Recording - Recording Family Sources - Recording Civil Registration (Vital Statistics) - Recording Census - Recording Parish Registers and Other Religious Registers - Recording Probate - Recording Land RecordsStep 5. Documentation - Description of Sources - Recording and Photocopying the Relevant ItemsStep 6. Presenting and Preserving Your Research - Accuracy and Ethical Considerations in Publishing Data - Synthesis of Research Results - Standard Methods of Synthesis of Research Results - Preserving Your ResearchReference Materials and Further ReadingIndexAppendix: Handy Forms - Ancestorgraph - Ancestral Places - Anncestral Surnames - Biography Synopsis - Correspondence Log - Family Group Record - Family History Questionnaire - Genealogical Data - Genealogical Data on Spouses - Home Survey - Institutional Survey - International Genealogical Index (IGI) Transcription - Interview Sheet - Life History Questionnaire Sheets - Microform Order Log (for FHC) - Numbers 1-100 - Online Search Form - Pedigree Chart - Probate Abstract - Questionnaire Sheet for Deceased Relative - Research Ideas Log - Research Log - Surname Descent