Friday, April 16, 2010

Planning a Research Trip

I'm sure, everyone in attendance at our April evening meeting last night benefited from Bill Blohm's talk on how to plan for a research trip. He provided a thorough list of what to do prior to the journey so that you can make the best use of time when you get there. 

Foremost is deciding on the detailed objective/s. Determine where you'll need to get the information you seek - libraries, archives, courthouses, churches, cemeteries, special   collections, historical museums...

But, first, check your local library (Gail Borden is a great start!!). No need to travel across the country, if you can find the answers here at home. Also, check out on-line sites that may be helpful, such as Family Search for their research guides and US GenWeb for county information.

Bill stated how important it is to call ahead to the various places you're planning to go to make sure they will be open at the time you'll be there. Don't necessarily trust the days and hours listed on a website as it may not have been updated recently. Make appointments where available.

Also, be sure to make accommodation reservations. You don't want to be left out in the cold!!! 
Thanks, Bill, for an informative evening. 

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