How do you keep track of the genealogy research you are conducting? What method do you use to write down your reasoning for the conclusions you come to as you put the family tree together? Do these things and more by learning how to write an effective research report to build your skills as a genealogist.

0:47 Why write up your research?
1:59 Who is your reader?
3:00 Find your voice
4:10 Begin with a Research Report
4:49 Elements of a Research Report
5:15 Research Objective
6:52 Background Information
9:50 Body of the Report
11:32 Present evidence that supports your conclusion
17:44 Analyze the evidence
20:35 Add applicable info on history and laws
22:23 Summarize the Evidence
24:49 Conclusion
28:51 Project Summary
32:22 Future Research Suggestions
35:34 Tips for Excellent Writing
40:43 Document Organization

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