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MANAGING YOUR GENEALOGICAL PROJECT

From Genealogy Pointers (12-16-08)

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MANAGING A GENEALOGY PROJECT

If you are beginning to accumulate a fair amount of paper in the early stages of your research, it's probably time to take stock of what you have and how you plan to organize it--even before you enter the information into a computer database--lest you start drowning in an ocean of paper. Our popular author, Bill Dollarhide, has formulated four simple rules for organizing notes and documents:

1. Use one size of paper for all note-taking---preferably standard 8 ½ x 11 sheets.
2. Separate sheets by the surname of interest. If more than one surname is discussed, make additional copies for those families.
3. Create a surname notebook to store the sheets, and divide the book into sections for the place of origin of the records.
4. Give every sheet a number, so that you can make an index to the records.

Mr. Dollarhide develops each of these tips in detail in his popular book, MANAGING A GENEALOGICAL PROJECT. Making excellent use of charts and tables, he goes on to explain the three main types of descendancy numbering systems for genealogy:

the Register System;
the Record System;
and the Henry System.

Mr. Dollarhide explains the pros and cons of each system and proposes his own technique for combining Ahnentafel numbering with the Henry System.

MANAGING A GENEALOGICAL PROJECT also offers a number of other suggestions for organizing your family history data--with or without a computer. You learn how to solve the paper collection problem, how and how not to take notes, and what to do with your correspondence. One of the most important features of the book is the collection of "Master Forms" (relationship chart, research log, ancestor table, etc.), which you can photocopy over and over again, to enter and organize the information you gather by hand.

So, if you don't know a database from first base and you are wondering how to pull it all together, MANAGING A GENEALOGICAL PROJECT could be the perfect answer to your problems.

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The following books also offer suggestions for organizing your genealogy project:

THE COMPLETE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO GENEALOGY, THE INTERNET, AND YOUR GENEALOGY COMPUTER PROGRAM

This book shows you how to get started in your family history research; how to organize your family papers; how to enter information into a genealogy computer program so that you can easily manage, store, and retrieve your data; how to analyze the data and place it in various tables, charts, and forms; and how to put together a family history notebook--all the while using conventional records sources with a modern search and retrieval system. This ground-breaking book is also designed as an instructional manual, complete with chapter assignments to serve as review and comprehension checks, computer checklists to give the reader hands-on experience with his or her own genealogy computer program, and website addresses listed at the end of each chapter to guide the reader to valuable Internet resources related to the topics.

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THE RESEARCHER'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN GENEALOGY (3rd edition)

Val Greenwood's third edition to his classic text incorporates the latest thinking on genealogy and computers, specifically the relationship between computer technology (the Internet and CD-ROM) and the timeless principles of good genealogical research. It also includes a new chapter on the property rights of women, a revised chapter on the evaluation of genealogical evidence, and updated information on the 1920 census. Arguably the best book ever written on American genealogy, it is the text of choice in colleges and universities or wherever courses in American genealogy are taught.

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