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5 Step Process.pngI’ve seen the genealogy research process with various different steps involved. I made my own which I call  a ‘5 Step Process.’

  1. Step One – Gather Tools – You can’t build anything without tools. The tools I use: are a timeline of the ancestor I’m researching, a research guide (I use the FamilySearch Wiki ), and a map [of course I love maps], and of course your research log.
  2. Step Two – Decide What You Need to Find – This includes making a list of missing information and a list of the sources you will need to check.  You can create this list when you look at your research guide.
  3. Step Three- Look for Sources- Check the internet for sources; be sure to look at any online libraries and archives. Check out WorldCat [to see if there are libraries in your area that may have the books you may need]. Check Google Books since most genealogy related books that most of us need will be in the public domain.
  4. Step Four – Collect and Organize- Collect  and ‘pull out’ the information from your sources. Read everything you have found for hidden clues about your family.  Use forms to help you organize your information. For example, a census form will help you see the family in context. Use your timeline throughout this entire process to help you know which information will be of value to you.
  5. Step Five – Enter and Evaluate -Put your data into a database program such as a free online tree [rootsweb.com or FamilySearch.org,  a free genealogy program such as RootsMagic Essentials, or subscription site such as Ancestry.com]. Then evaluate what you have by adding historical context, updating your timeline and identifying new records that may need to be checked.

No, you are not finished. You now go back to Step 3 and continue to drill down until you have found what you need. That is why they call it research – because you Re-Search.

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