Maryland Genealogical Society
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Use a Correspondence Log! This includes the name and address of the person you have written to, what you requested, the date the request was sent and a column for the outcome. Remembering every letter written is impossible. Follow up if you don't get an answer within a month.
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The Pedigree Chart records an individual and his or her direct ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc.). Women are listed with their maiden names.
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The Family Group Sheet identifies a couple and their children. Everyone has two group sheets - one showing them as a child with their parents, and one showing them as an adult with any spouse(s) and/or children.
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A Chronological Profile begins with your ancestor's birth and is filled in with various occurrences in his life. Continue to fill this in as information becomes available to provide a picture of your ancestor's life.
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The Research Log lists record repositories (libraries, archives, etc.) visited and the sources consulted. Be sure to record all sources examined, whether or not any information was obtained from them. Give full citations for books, manuscripts, microfilms and other sources, including author, title, publication data, pages, and call numbers, so that information can be located again by you or by another researcher.