I am preparing to give a presentation this Saturday, April 9, at the Bolingbrook Fountaindale Public Library on Visualizing Your Genealogical Data. I am discussing ways to view your data in a new way using Excel, OneNote, Maps, and Blogs. As I wrote the presentation I tried to reiterate several times through each tool that the best way to expand your research is to create a research plan. Using the examples I give for each tool in your research is great, but then use it to create a research plan.
Today I am working on a research plan for an upcoming trip to Springfield, IL. I plan to work on the National Genealogical Society Home Study Course Land Records assignment. I will be viewing and analyzing State Land records at the Illinois State Archives. I think it will be a fun assignment. Another task I have is to view death certificates so I need to focus my list because I think after the land record assignment is finished there won’t be much time left to view a long list of death certificates.
Whatever level of researcher you are, always create research plans to help the research move along more smoothly.