What Do I Do With All of This Information?

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At this point in the research process you have identified goals, determined the records to search and conducted your searches. You have collected, hopefully, quite a bit of information. This information needs to be captured somewhere. Reviews of the main programs for this are in the Technology section of the website. The programs reviewed are:

  • FamilySearch
  • MyHeritage
  • WikiTree
  • RootsMagic
  • Ancestry
  • Family Tree Maker

It cannot be said enough as you are entering your information to cite your sources as you go. The book that epitomizes how to do this is Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

It is difficult to explain the analytical research process used by a genealogist. We perhaps will publish a series of posts on that topic. For now, just understand that as you are entering data and citing resources it is important to use critical thinking about the data you found. Do the dates match up? Do these items make sense? Are there conflicts in the information you have obtained? How will you resolve these conflicts?

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