Keeping a List of Genealogical Contacts (National Institute)
The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started, Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It, and Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice by Louise St Denis, Brenda Dougall Merriman and Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).
You will be accumulating lots of new addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses during your hobby of genealogy. It is advisable to keep a special directory for your genealogy-contact names and addresses. By keeping it separate from your regular address book, you will find it much more convenient for reference.
These forms fit in your three ring binder and therefore all your genealogical information is kept together.
List all accumulated addresses and telephone numbers. If you also have fax numbers, email and website addresses include them. They will come in handy.
This form does not indicate the letters of the alphabet because everyone’s alphabetical needs are different. Start off by alphabetically labeling photocopied sheets of the form, in the upper corner, for the family surnames of your interest.
Begin with the person’s full name including nicknames. You may wish to underline the name they prefer to use in correspondence. Indicate the reference number or relationship.
The address should be complete, including postal or zip codes, indicate if the mailing address is different than the street address. Don’t forget the area code for the telephone number and fax numbers.
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