The ProGen Study Group assignment for November 2008 was about research.
Our reading assignment from Professional Genealogy was:
- Chapter 15 - Research Procedures by Linda Woodward Geiger, CGRS, CGL
As professional genealogists we often specialize in a location, type of record, topic, or ethnic group. We need to be knowledgeable and prepared before research begins and effective while researching.
This paragraph does a great job summarizing the chapter contents:
“Regardless of our specialty, effective research on any specific project comes from long-range preparation, followed by a literature survey and an actual on-site search. This chapter provides strategies for identifying available resources, determining their locations, using electronic finding aids, and otherwise preparing ourselves before we arrive on site. Finally, it offers suggestions for the research itself – both good work habits and goodwill builders.”
This chapter is also a helpful reminder to personal genealogists that preparation before research is important.
The assignment for this month was to create a locality guide for our area of specialization. Since I am currently researching Worth Tucker, I chose Ashe County, North Carolina as my location.
Instead of writing in a notebook or keeping a Word document on my computer, I decided to post my assignment on the FamilySearch Research Wiki. That way others can review it and enhance it and that I can access it from any computer with an Internet connection.
One of the things I like about the Research Wiki is the structure it gives to each county:
Here is a link to the page about Ashe County, North Carolina. Some of the information was already there, but I added U.S. Federal Census townships as well as the statistics for Laurel township in 1870.