Tuesday, January 26, 2010

50+ Learn how to plan a success research trip

If you missed the genealogy program at the Roy and Helen Hall Library last Saturday, you might want to take a look at these tips for planning a genealogy research trip. Tresa Tatyrek, veteran of research genealogy since 1997, taught more than 50 library guests how to make sure you do not waste valuable research time or miss clues to your family history while on a research trip. Here are a few of the things to remember.

• Map your trip so you travel to different sites in a logical, non-time-wasting path.

• Research and write down the operational hours and rules of the various repositories you will visit before you leave town.

• If the repository has an online catalog, make a chart of the titles you want to review and their library call numbers, as well as the name of each person you hope to find in that source before you leave town.

• Remember that some repositories will only allow you to carry a notebook and pencil in their facility so create a mini-research kit with condense family notes, a pad of paper, pencils, and a research chart.

• Digital cameras can eliminate the cost of copies and are essential for cemetery research.

These are just a few of the items needed for a success research trip. Additional copies of the handouts from the program are available in the Helen Gibbard Hall genealogy area of the library.

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