Weekly Planner: Inventory an Ancestor

If you haven’t already, go through your files on an ancestor and begin an inventory of the records you have found for him or her. You can easily create your own custom form in a spreadsheet or word processor, including all applicable census years (federal, state, and otherwise), vital records, directories (list years), probate records, church records, correspondence, printed sources, online databases, obituaries, tax and voting lists, court records, military records, immigration and naturalization records, and anything else you have collected. Check for what’s missing and formulate a plan to fill in those blanks.

3 thoughts on “Weekly Planner: Inventory an Ancestor

  1. List the records chronologically. Some ancestors just aren’t remembered. By arranging the records by date, the facts provided can construct a history from birth to death, and open new avenues to research. Combine that inventory with dates of historic and local changes to understand the ancestor’s mandset and motivations.


  2. Kirk, That sounds good but I wonder, if a record is for more than one person are you then putting a duplicate in each person’s folder?

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