Genealogy records are ongoing, confusing and scattered all over my house. They are difficult to find. So why I’m I writing this blog instead of looking for them?
Bottom line what records should I look for and where do I file them. Keep and file everything you can that proves you once and still live on this earth.
I recently watched Get Organized Using the Family Roots Organizer Color-Coding System by Mary Hill presented by Legacy Family Tree Webinars. I also was a panelist for Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 2 with Dear Myrtle based on Dr Thomas W. Jones book of the same named. D. Jones stresses the importance of a exhaustive and through research, Genealogical Proof Standard number one, which I have blog about previously. Participating in these Webinars made me think about how will I know what I have researched and where did I put what I found.
So I made decision. I am going to write up a checklist or set of checklists that I can use to aid in my organizing my research. Today’s checklist is all about the Personal Records I have in my home. I plan to do checklist for each genealogical file type I can think of that will include where to look when appropriate. These checklist will provide me at a glance view of where I still need to continue my research. You may borrow my checklist if you wish. Maybe it will assist you in being a little more organized to help meet Mastering Genealogical Proof Standard #1: A Through and Exhaustive Search. Don’t forget to check back. I will update my list as things come to mind.
Family Bible Oral History/Interviews Baby books
Baby announcements Wedding announcement Wedding guest book
Anniversary guest books Dairies/Journals Income Tax returns
Property tax records Family correspondence Funeral Program/Cards
Death announcements Scrapbooks Photo albums
Credit statements Discharge papers/military/hospital Social Security Cards
Magazine subscriptions Citizenship papers Naturalization papers
Employment records Union Cards Library Cards
Newspaper articles clipped Probate Records/Wills/Estate Land/property Deeds
Drivers license/Non Drivers license ID Motor Vehicle Registration Adoption Records
Birth Records Baptismal records School report cards
Confirmation records Graduation diploma Business papers
Needlepoint Family Artwork Family crafts
Completed family trees Conflict resolution notes Pedigree charts
Research file notes Divorce papers Restraint orders
Birth certificates Marriage Certificates Death Certificates
Life insurance policies Homeowners/Renters Insurance Automobile insurance
Fire/Flood insurance Motorcycle insurance Health insurance cards
Society registration papers Calendar journals Cards/Letter received
Emails saved Genealogy files given to… Text messages saved
Misc. Family records
- Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013), 6. [Book available from the publisher athttp://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof ]
- Richley-Erckson, Pat, “Dear Myrtle’s” Mastering Genealogical Proof 2 Study Group, Google: Hang out on Air, Dear Myrtle, , “MGP2 Study Group-Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence, 13 April 2014, You tube file, Dear Myrtle You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BH2e1_hti8 : accessed 13 April 2014, minutes 1:57.30″
- Hill, Mary, Legacy Family Tree Webinar,”Getting Organized using the Family Roots Organizer Color-Coding System, 9 April 2014, http://www.familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=192 : accessed 5 May 2014, minutes 1:30:35