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    I'm pretty new to this.. I started out just wanting to find a bit more information on a few people in the family and it's quickly become quite the hobby as it's so interesting when you discover a little nugget of info about someone. However, I often find that I end up spending hours on end, often going around in circles, maybe checking the same source more than once, skipping from one family member to the next and back.. certainly not efficient.

    I'm also slowly learning the various sources available and how to use them, but so far have probably been pretty limited in what I've used for research.

    So, my question is, do you all use a specific checklist or some-such, that you work through for each person to ensure your research is complete and thorough? I appreciate this may change somewhat depending on the location, ie. an ancestor from Ireland may have a slightly different checklist to one born in England (or perhaps not?).. what are all the sources you would typically use?

    Hoping you can share some words of wisdom and get me on the path to a more efficient, thorough research pattern

    Lee

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    Lee .............

    I don't have a checklist.


    I started off intending to do only immediate ancestors on our two trees, but then I found I wanted to know the parents of married-ins, and maybe their siblings. Then I wanted to know more about the siblings of the direct ancestors. But I still intended to keep it quite tight.

    But my daughter said she just was not interested in a dry old tree that consisted just of names and dates .............. her training as an anthropologist made her more interested in knowing HOW they'd lived, where they'd lived, etc.

    That led me into researching churches where people married, finding pictures etc etc.

    Then I would get side-tracked ............. why had the daughter of one of my ancestor's sisters married in London when they came from Buckinghamshire, to a man with a foreign name in the 1860s, and why did they almost immediately get on board a ship to New Zealand??? That was only one instance.

    Then there were the family stories passed down to OH and to myself ........... were they really true??? Well, no!! Or I still haven't found out.



    I do try to stick to one person, or at the very least to one generation of a family at a time ............. but then there are new records coming online all the time.


    I think you'll find that we all get side-tracked!



    BUT the important thing to keep records of all that you find, and WHERE you found the information.

    Some of us still keep paper records, that we file under family name or whatever makes sense to us. Others of us keep the records on the computer.

    The best advice that I think I can give you is to repeat KEEP A RECORD OF WHAT YOU FOUND AND WHERE YOU FOUND IT.
    My parents at my brother's wedding, March 1952

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia C View Post
    The best advice that I think I can give you is to repeat KEEP A RECORD OF WHAT YOU FOUND AND WHERE YOU FOUND IT.
    I don't know if you have found it yet, but our Reference Library (at the top of any page) includes a Getting Started Guide which among all its hints and tips is a link to our


    My desktop software of choice is Family Historian and in that I add an event e.g. census and then I can query it and quickly see who I have found in each census and where or who still needs a birth, death and marriage certificate or will. This also means not having to print out reams of paper which I did to begin with.

    I have several times tried to keep a research journal but end up with scribbled bits of paper and PostIts which mean not a lot further down the line.

    I am also not very rigorous in recording the source if it is a census since they can be easily found again, but am if it is an unusual event or took some time to track down.
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    I've just remembered a book which an enterprising genealogist has brought out:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-Hist...ridan-Parsons/

    It's one of those ideas that you wish you had not only thought of, but did something about it!!
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    no check list for me, but I do tend to concentrate on the main lines and once I am back a few generations I don't follow siblings and their marriage/children, unless I am stuck or it is clear that they were very close (not that scientific), or they are looking interesting!

    I use ancestry, and just try and get a link full set of the usual documents for the key people in the tree, it records the sources for me, I am lazy!

    The London records I have I try and find schools, these do not come up on the ancestry hints very often (quite a few records need searching for)

    I check occupations and if possible would try to find anything related to this such as Kellys or newspapers. The newspapers have only been around ifor me in the last few years and are forever growing.

    I just synch to my PC using the FTM software.

    I have visited graveyards and taken photos of headstones, you can get lucky.

    I now have FMP, new to me, it was cheaper than a sub to the BNA and it uses the same data, just searches differently. FMP is good for finding births using mother maiden name, you can do this GRO but a search of only 4 years, and not for all periods, and you can also do it on free BMD but not all records are there.

    Just starting to write up some 'stories' which I have planned to do for years...and now being encouraged by the threads on here!

    and just got a few wills, now that they are £1.50, but they really haven't been much help to me.

    Lastly, I would say, do what pleases you and interests you, don't make it a chore have fun. It won't change the course of history if you have taken a wrong turn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline View Post
    I've just remembered a book which an enterprising genealogist has brought out:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-Hist...ridan-Parsons/

    It's one of those ideas that you wish you had not only thought of, but did something about it!!
    That link is not working for me Caroline.
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    Looking for something entirely different I came across this just now:

    Genealogy checklists - including the ULTIMATE genealogy worksheet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katarzyna View Post
    That link is not working for me Caroline.
    Nor me - I wonder why!!

    Try this one: Family History Record Book by Sheridan Parsons
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    I think you need somewhere to put your tree on and be able to add notes to . I use FTM but there are other ones available.

    As said before keep a note of where you find things. I have been doing mine nearly 20 years and look at things now and have no idea where I got the info from.

    Use places like Freebmd and Freereg, family search and you can look at Deceased on line without having a sub and if you live in the right area can get a load of info, Also look at wills, you will be surprised who left them.

    Above all else enjoy it, its a hobby and if you don't touch your tree for a couple of weeks it will still be there.
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    it can be a full time obsession!!

    I started off as many do by looking at my parents/grandparents etc.. I now try to do a 'family' at a time, parents/childrens etc..and try to do many census entries as I can. I use FTM for my work as I can sync it with Ancestry & LDS. I have begun now to find out more about occupations that my forebears had and adding those to my tree to help bring it to life, any little snippit of info you find make a note of where you found it and why it is relevant to your relative. [it may be obvious to you, but might not be so obvious to others]

    I have slowly gathered baptism/marriage and death cds for Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire where a lot of my relatives come from, over the last few years my own tree work has taken a bit of a back seat but with now doing a DNA test I'm adding more and more to my DNA tree to help locate relatives that are from my brickwalls.. non yet but I live in hope.
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