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Publisher: Family Locket Books; 1st edition (January 17, 2024)
Printable Dimensions: 8.5 x 11
Structured 14-Day Challenge: This workbook is structured for a 14-day program, featuring daily tasks that require at least 15 minutes to complete.
Practical Guidance: This workbook offers clear and succinct instructions, providing just the right amount of detail to be useful without being too long. Each step of the challenge is detailed, beginning with formulating a research objective, followed by creating timelines, conducting locality research, research planning, citing sources, logging research, transcribing documents, and finally writing a research report. Several articles and podcast episodes by Diana and Nicole accompany each day’s task for further study.
Interactive Workbook Format: The workbook includes dedicated spaces for brainstorming research questions, noting down key details about the research subject, and recording observations and hypotheses that emerge during the timeline analysis. Learn to identify and list derivative records, explore locality details, and brainstorm potential record types that could address specific research queries.
Real-Life Work Samples and Templates: Each section of the process is accompanied by practical work samples and customizable templates, ensuring a hands-on, practical learning experience. Many shorter examples are included in the text, like several sample objectives, a prioritized research strategy, and an example transcript and extract. The report writing section includes an example outline and excerpts from Diana’s Georgia Dawson report. A link to a special webpage with all the templates and additional examples is provided. Gain a deeper understanding of how to craft research reports by studying seven full-length report examples from Diana and Nicole.
Advanced Citation Techniques: Learn how to create effective citations through answering the five essential questions, ensuring accuracy and a solid foundation. Then, advance to practicing layered and negative citations. The workbook includes example citations along with ideas for tools to automate the citation process. Discover the efficiency of tools like the Online Repository Assistant (ORA), Cite-Builder, and Legacy Family Tree’s SourceWriter, which can significantly streamline your citation workflow. This section is designed to equip you with both the fundamental principles and the latest tools for effective and efficient source citing in genealogical research.
Bonus ORA Citation Templates: Unlock the full potential of the Online Repository Assistant (ORA) with exclusive access to automated U.S. federal census citations. These are specifically tailored for Ancestry.com’s census collections from 1790-1950, streamlining the citation process. As a purchaser of the workbook, you’ll gain access to Nicole’s specially designed ORA census citation templates. Read about ORA in Nicole’s article, Automated Source Citation Builders.
About the Authors
Diana Elder, an Accredited GenealogistⓇ professional, author, and speaker, has eighteen years of research experience and holds a credential in genealogy research from the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Her area of expertise is the United States Gulf South Region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. A Magna Cum Laude graduate from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Elder combines her roles as a lifelong learner and educator. She co-authored the bestselling book, Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and Research Like a Pro with DNA. She also established the “Research Like a Pro” study group and e-Course to facilitate practical learning. She regularly contributes research tips to FamilyLocket and co-hosts the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast with Nicole. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, and institutes. A member of the National Genealogical Society, the Utah Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists, she specializes in U.S. and DNA research, as well as genealogy consulting & coaching.
Nicole Elder Dyer is a professional genealogist specializing in Southern United States research and genetic genealogy. She is the creator of FamilyLocket.com and the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast. She co-authored Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and Research Like a Pro with DNA and is an instructor for the study groups of the same name. She lectures at conferences and institutes including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in History Teaching. At Family Locket Genealogists, Nicole is a project manager, editor, and researcher.