Genealogical tools of various types can help researchers in charting a new course of discovery. The articles in this issue describe tools genealogists can develop for customized purposes.
Mind maps offer customized formats for following the trail of evidence. Amy Larner Giroux’s approach starts with a record rather than a central idea. She outlines four steps for using a hand-drawn or electronic mind map to plot the basic elements in the record, analyze information and develop questions, explore possible paths to find solutions, and create a research plan for the next steps.
Locality guides improve research effectiveness by increasing knowledge of a specific area and its resources. Jan Joyce discusses the advantages of creating succinct, individualized guides and presents a step-by-step process for their development and usage: targeting the geographic locality, conducting a literature review, writing the guide, using it, and refining its information.
Timelines are fundamental tools for gaining a new perspective in genealogical research. Cari Taplin describes the benefits, creation, and organization of timelines. Her examples display the use of timelines to notice gaps in research, suggest locations of records, distinguish the identities of people with similar names, and organize multiple items of information, among many other features.
- NGS 2023 Family History Conference: Specialize Research Facilities in Virginia by Teresa Kelley
- Correlation: A Powerful Research Tool by Shannon Green, CG
- Enhancing Source Analysis with Mind Maps by Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL
- Creating and Using Locality Guides as Genealogical Tools by Jan Joyce, DBA, CG, CGL, AG
- Using Timelines to Gain Perspective on Research Problems by Cari A. Taplin, CG
- Unlocking the Power of Microsoft Excel for Genealogical Research by Jill N. Crandell, MA, AG
- Researching US Servicemen in the Mexican war by Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA
- PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE by Kathryn M. Doyle
- EDITOR'S NOTE by Deb Cyprych
- NGS NEWS
- Make Connections on FORUM by Kate Smith
- 2022 NGS Awards and Competition Results Announced by Judy Nimer Muhn
- DNA DISCOVERY
- Charts and Diagrams for Genetic Genealogy: Organization, Analysis, and Reports by Paul Woodbury
- SOCIETY FORUM
- Surveying Society Memberships: Part 1, Questions by Rhonda Hoffman, MLS
- REFERENCE DESK
- Maintaining a Personal Genealogy Library Catalog in the Digital Age by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS