Select Records to Search
Principles of Family History Research Step 3. Select Records to Search
Selecting a record to search is the most complex part of the research process. You will need to—
- Identify a category of sources.
- Choose a record type.
- Select specific records.
- Describe the record on a research log.
This is called a record selection strategy—an orderly approach for identifying the records most helpful for your research objective.
At the end of this step you will have a research log with descriptions of records you will search to meet your objective.
You may want to view the tutorial at FamilySearch Learning Center:"Ancestors Season 1: The Paper Trail".
Table of Contents for Step 3. Select Records to Search
- 2.1 Genealogical Records
- 2.2 Reference Tools
- 3.1 Sources Useful to Genealogists
- 3.2 Other Tools for Choosing a Record Type
- 4.1 Helpful Guessing Skills
- 4.2 Catalogs and Record Lists
- 4.3 Selection Criteria
- 4.4 Jurisdictions