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Published: 24 February 2012
By Shirley Gage Hodges Biography & Archived Articles
As a response to messages that I received after my recent article on Planning a Research Trip I decided that I would do an article about some of the items we should review before going.
The goal of our trip, of course, is to find information that make our ancestors come alive for future generations. We don't want them to be just a name written down on a form and filed away. We learn to love and appreciate our ancestors when we discover information about their personalities and personal traits.
Before starting on our trip we need to think about the things that we might already have in our possession that would be rich in information about our ancestors. Get out your Grubbies and put on your thinking cap and discover what you might have tucked away in the attic, or in cardboard boxes stuffed under the bed.
Here are some of the things you might look for:
After you have evaluated all of the items you have found take time to organize what you know. Make a time line for your ancestor so that you can see where the gaps are in the information that you have.
Now you can decide what you want to accomplish on your trip. Sometimes we have to return to an area more than once to accomplish everything that we would like to.
When you return home do not just store your new found information in your head or shove it in a box and put it in the closet. Preserve it for the future.
Until next time :)
Shirley Hodges firstname.lastname@example.org
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Editor's Note: Shirley Hodges is the author of the popular Guide to United States Census, 1790-1930:
BOOK - Guide to United States Census, 1790-1930
By Shirley Gage Hodges
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton
Guide to the United States Census, 1790-1930 explains what the United States census records are, what information they contain and how to use each census. Each individual year of the Federal Census between 1790 and 1930 (census were compiled every 10 years) is explained in detail. This guide is designed to help the census novice and intermediate researcher come to grips with this valuable genealogical research tool. Experts will also find this guide useful.
ISBN 978-1-897446-01-0 More information
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