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- Index to Notes and Handouts:
- If you attend many society meetings,
classes, or lectures you probably receive lots of handouts. Since most handouts
don't apply to any specific family, remembering what handouts and notes you have
can be difficult. An index, organized alphabetically (if possible) will give you
an "at a glance" reference to what sources of information you have.
- Marriage log:
- Another handy index to take with you when
researching, or searching online sources, a marriage log displays information
about the bride and groom for a specific location. You can adapt the form to
your needs if you wish to cover more than one location on a form.
Figure 3 shows a sample marriage log (32K download).
- Migration trail map:
- Very few of us have ancestors who stayed in
one spot for many generations. Migration trail maps display everywhere your
ancestors lived, which is useful when trying to locate specific locality
resources. A migration trail can also lead you to further information about the
forces which drove the families to move (war, land opportunities, crop failures,
or just itchy feet). You should be sure to check out each stop for collateral
lines and extended families. Figure 4 shows a sample
migration trail map (32K download).
- Pedigree chart:
- Another one of the most frequently used charts, a
pedigree chart (aka lineage or ancestral chart) displays generally three or four
generations of ancestors for a specific individual. Although supplemental
information (birth, death, and marriage info) can be added, the pedigree chart
is not the place to record sources. Blank pedigree charts are useful as
worksheets when researching.
- Relationship chart:
- If you are confused about how one individual
is related to another person, or group of people, a relationship chart will tell
you their relationship. There are several relationship (cousinship) charts
available online, but for multiple relationships, use a genealogy database
program to generate a chart. Relationship charts can be very helpful when you
have two ancestral lines which inter-marry.
- Research log:
- Research logs can be
divided by individual or surname, as you desire. Logs should be taken with you
when you research, and every item you search should be entered. This may seem
like a lot of work (especially for those resources in which you find no information)
but a detailed research log can be used as a roadmap to show you what resources
you've checked, and what results you found there. You may adapt a research log
for use on Internet as well; notations of what web sites, indexes, and databases
you've searched can be helpful, as well as listing those sites and newsgroups to which
you have submitted a query. Figure 5 shows a sample
research log (67K download).