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Take Notes

So today’s tip is coming from a personal preference…something that I started doing and have found helpful.  I hope you find it helpful too!

If you are like me, when you do research you tend to take notes on anything and everything.  Then when you go to input the information you’ve found, you have no idea where all your notes are.  I’ve developed a system to try to keep track of my information.


It all started at Target (because really, what great stories don’t start at Target?!) where I found the notebooks pictured above.  They are about $6 a piece, but they are just the right size to fit into my research bag and/or to take into a research area where you can only take a spiral notebook. So…because I’m at Target…I bought a bunch of them!  (Don’t judge)


I didn’t really have a plan of what to do with these notebooks until I started taking notes.  Then the light bulb when off!  What if I used one notebook per surname?  Then I would know that everything in that one book would deal with one particular line.  Bingo!

So…that’s what I do.  I have one notebook per surname that I’m researching.  I do carry around post-it notes in case I need to make notes about another surname.  Then, when I have the chance I enter the information into my family tree everything I need is right at my fingertips.  I do use those tabs to mark where I left off as far as where I’ve entered information because sometimes I just can’t enter it all in one sitting.


Who knew that Target would bring a genealogical revelation?!


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