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Beginning Your Family History

Step 5. Document your notes

Most of the time, people rush into research and don't take the time to document where they find their information. You must document your research to know what sources you have read, the sources you still need to read, the reliability of one source vs. another or to return to the source to use it again for further research.

Whenever you photocopy anything, take the time to write down the following:

  • Title of the source
  • Place of publication
  • Author
  • Page number
  • Volume number
  • Issue number
  • Date
  • Institution or person holding that record, etc.

As you cite your source, remember that you will need to find the record in the future. Write down all information that will help you find the source at a later date. When in doubt, write it down.

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