A Guide To Getting the Right Genealogy Supplies

By: Michael Beardon

Supplies are helpful, if not essential, to the success of your family tree project. Because you will be working with data obtained from oral evidence, borrowed items, and old records, these tools will lead to the success of your project.
Here is a simple list of the things you should have:
1. A Notebook
Taking note of what they your interviewees will tell you is important, because your memory will fail you at times. Get a large notebook that has dividers so that you can easily categorize your family into different generations and write down what you learned regarding each generation in their corresponding section in your notebook.
2. Expanding Folders
Your relatives will entrust you with records and photographs that will help you with your research. You want to return them in the same condition that you received them. An expanding envelope will help ensure that the records and photos are still in excellent condition when you return them.
An expanding folder also has the divisions you need in order that the documents can already be categorized within the folder. You can segregate the items according to who owns them or to the generation or branch of the family they belong to.
3. Scrap Paper and Paperclips
Use scratch paper to list down pertinent information referring to for an item. Use clips to attach these to their respective document. Do not make the mistake of using a stapler or scotch tape to attach them, as they will definitely ruin the condition of these old items.
4. A Flatbed Scanner
This eliminates the need to attach original copies of the records, photos and documents relating to your family onto your scrapbook or album. Also, you can save these items in your PC and print them out anytime.
5. Genealogy Websites
Although these sites will require that you pay them to access their records, the price you will pay for this is worth it. These sites will have printable family tree charts, forms and templates as well as databases for public records vital to your research.
6. Computer Programs
If you want to come out with a nice family tree, a genealogy computer program can help you with that. It will even categorize the records and photos that you have collected.
7. Family Tree Templates
These templates are the solution to the confusing question of which information is relevant to your family tree. They will serve as a guide to follow in case you are lost.
Having these supplies are essential to the success of your genealogy project. They are all worth getting, because your project after all, is probably one of the most important you will do in your lifetime.

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Michael Beardon is an expert on Genealogy. If you want to learn more about Genealogy you should check out his great information on genealogy supplies at familytreeguidebook.com.

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