Getting Started: Keeping Records

  • Keep research notes, copies of original documents, correspondence and other relevant items.
  • It is useful to keep a record of all sources consulted, including those which did not prove useful.
  • If a printed version of a family history is being prepared, proper citations of sources should be documented.
  • Tools to help organize your family history records are available through genealogical societies and through genealogy supply companies online, including paper and digital charts, conservation supplies for preserving documents and heirlooms, filing organizers, etc.
  • Keep hard copies of digital materials.