RESEARCH CHECKLIST 1. GETTING READY TO RESEARCH ☒ Decide what to research. ☐ Read over any information handed down and talk with relatives. ☐ Familiarize yourself with the area and time period. ☐ Confirm location and requirements of historical society, library, or county court house. ☐ Make a list of names or areas of interest to research. ☐ Gather papers, tree info, pen and paper, contact information, money (roll of dimes or quarters), snacks, camera, hand scanner, and laptop.
2. DECIDE WHAT TO LOOKING FOR ☐ Books / Military Records. ☐ Birth and Death records. ☐ Maps, Boundary changes, and Land deeds. ☐ Pictures. ☐ Cemeteries. ☐ Artifacts Collections. ☐
3. REORGANIZING ☐ Now is the time to review and organize the information collected. ☐ Keep an open mind. ☐ Decide on a type of recording system for information.
4. BRICK WALL OR CONNECTING ☐ Internet searching. ☐ Obtaining legal or protected information. ☐ DNA. ☐ Send research request letters. ☐ Share your contact information. ☐
Don’t be afraid to contact possible leads or to just take time off from researching to recharge.