Thursday, July 26, 2012

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Continuing my Survival Road Trip Kit:
5-  Forms -  Print out blank forms such as: research calendar, research extract, source summary for family information, correspondence record or other forms that you deem necessary to record the information you are looking for.  Check online for other forms like a cemetery form, probate office form depending on where you are going.   Forms keep you organized for when you get back to your room or home so that you can transcribe easily.

6-  Camera (digital preferred)  voice recorder, portable scanner -  when visiting cemeteries it is a good idea to take a picture of the entrance to the cemetery plus any gravesites you find.   Making note of where the grave sites are located is also suggested.  A voice recorder is great if you happen to come across an old timer in the city you are visiting and he/she has lots of stories to tell you.  You can use the portable scanner at the Probate Office to scan wills, death certificates, etc..

7-  Laptop Computer -  In the evenings, if you're not exhausted, you can sit down and sort through all the information you acquired throughout  the day and input the information on your database.

8-  Travel Journal - Keep a travel journal of all your research.   This journal can be a digital or a written one.  You will be surprised at how many times you will refer back to it.

But most of all, don’t get overwhelmed and do too much.   Enjoy the experience.   Even if you don’t get all the information you want, you have had fun at what you love most, Genealogy. cga

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