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Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording
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The objective of this course is to teach you how to effectively search and record your information.

Just to recap, during Methodology-Part 1: Getting Started and Methodology-Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding we reminded you that there are many ways to approach your genealogical project. We also made you aware that there are many ways of getting yourself organized; what is important is to choose a system that works for you.

Methodology-Part 3: More Strategies consisted of an intensive study of the types of information and how to gather it. We looked at how to organize this information, the research process, and even your genealogical office. Strategies for planning your project and for using original records completed the course.

Methodology-Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording deals with what to look for in the main sources and how to record it. We then discuss the many methods of synthesizing your research results for presentation and preservation.

Course Content

Module 1
Step 4: Effective Searching & Recording
Effective Searching
• Locating Research Already Done Or In Progress
• Published Family Histories = Research Already Done
• Locating Other Researchers = Work In Progress
Taking Notes during Research
• Consistency In Format & Use Of Abbreviations
• The Five Essential Parts of a Good Record
• Use of Transcript or Abstract Forms
• Recording Family Sources
• Written Sources
Recording Civil Registration/Vital Records/Vital Statistics

Module 2
Step 4: Effective Searching & Recording ... Continued
Recording ... Continued
Recording Census
Recording Parish & Other Religious Registers
• Phonetic Spellings
• Foundlings’ Names
Calendar Changes
• Julian & Gregorian Calendars & “The Lost 11 days”
• Old Style & New Style
• Genealogical Surprises
Recording Parish Registers with Patronymics
Recording Probate
Recording Land Records
Recording DNA

Module 3
Step 5: Documentation
• Required Reading
Recording & Copying The Relevant Items
• What Can You Copy?
• Before You Visit an Archive or Repository
• Obtaining Copies from FamilySearch

Module 4
Step 6: Presenting & Preserving Your Research
Presenting Your Research 
• Accuracy & Ethical Considerations In Publishing Data
• Synthesis of Research Results
• Standard Methods of Synthesis of Research Results
• Biography Synopsis
• Family Group Record
• Surname Descent Chart
• Pedigree Chart
• Standard Pedigree Chart & Birth Brief
• Ahnentafel or Continental Pedigree
• Circular & Fan Pedigree Charts
• Decorative Pedigree Charts

Module 5
Step 6: Presenting & Preserving Your Research ... Continued
Presenting Your Research ... Continued
• Descendancy Chart
• Computer Format
• Narrative Format or Paragraph Pedigree
• Sun Charts
• Decorative Descent Charts
• Family Tree or Drop-Line Chart
• Computer Software Programme - Ancestor Notes
• The Ancestorgraph
Charts for Other Interests

Module 6
Step 6: Presenting & Preserving Your Research ... Continued
Preserving Your Research
Stop & Write Up Frequently
Survival of Your Research
Share With Others
Writing a Family History
• Guides
• General Considerations in Writing
Simple Ways to Organize Your Book
• Narrative Accounts
• Telling the Story as a Descendancy
• Telling the Story Along Ancestral Lines
• One Surname
• Matrilineal Descent
• Several (or all) Ancestors
• Telling the Story as Descendants & Ancestors of a Pivotal Couple
• Family Reference Book
• Theme Approach
• Sources-based Approach
• 'How I Did It' Account
• Combinations
Your Final Say - Disposal of Your Research After Your Death
Recommended Reading & Resources
• Useful Forms

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