Getting Organized: Research, Files, Findings
When you first began your family history research, you may have thought that it would be simple to keep track of all the information. Assuredly, you quickly discovered that it’s not so simple--files and findings multiply exponentially. Staying organized is an important part of the genealogical process. Taking the time to organize your research, results, and files as you go will give you more time for productive research. This online seminar will provide you with several tips, tools, and best practices for organizing your research and results at every step of your family history journey.
Class 1: Organizing Your Research
Presented by Ann G. Lawthers
With all of the genealogical information at your fingertips today, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, go down research rabbit holes, and lose focus. In this first class, Genealogist Ann G. Lawthers will offer tips on how to make a research plan and stick to it! Using templates, worksheets, and other research tools available at AmericanAncestors.org, you’ll learn how to stay organized and get the most out of your research time.
Class 2: Organizing Your Files
Presented by Rhonda R. McClure
In researching your family history, you quickly become inundated with physical copies, email and other electronic files, handwritten notes, photographs, research logs, and more. Senior Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure will discuss various systems on how to organize your files, so you can easily return to your work, find what you need on a particular person or family, and not duplicate your efforts.
Class 3: Organizing Your Findings
Presented by Melanie McComb
This final class will provide tools for organizing your findings to help you interpret your results, see patterns, and come to sound conclusions. In addition to tools for understanding your results, Genealogist Melanie McComb will discuss how to compile a proof argument that organizes sometimes disparate findings into an easy-to-follow solution.