Tools for astute family historians
organised family researcher can expect to be a successful
operator if they do not employ the three basic tools of
research. The alternative approach is the hunt and peck
of the barnyard!
As a service to the family history community Adelaide
Proformat offers free downloads of the following
tools for private use of family historians and teachers on the condition
that they are not altered in any way.
The essential tools
Using these instruments will ensure that research is systematic
ENG/WLS Census checklist
ENG/WLS GRO checklist
Parish Register checklist
You can create other instruments that will ensure your work
is as professional and scientific as possible. When you first
open up a new series of records, copy the name of each field
across ruled columns in an exercise book. That way you will
ensure you collect the material in every field as you progress
through the records and will not arrive home to discover a
return trip is required because you missed some or part of
Good researchers, regardless of their level of experience,
use these tools and instruments!