Getting Ready for FGS 2015: Making a List and Checking it twice!

No it does not matter is your naughty or nice –however making a list will help you get all that vital research done.   I currently have two lists that I am developing.  The first list includes hard copy books; the second is a listing of film to be reviewed.   

My book list includes the name of the book, location(call number), what I am looking for and some brief background such as William Hobbs 1787 SC – 1837 AL wife Frances McWilliams and a space to designate findings and whether or not copies were made.  I will sort the books into like call numbers and pull sections at a time to review. 

My second list is similar with a listing of microfilms that I want to review.  I did find a few that I will need to order ahead of time to have available during my visit. 

I am also making a list of items I will need to bring with me to the library.  The usual items include pen/pencils, paper, several USB drives (I have a tendency to lose things), my tablet, print outs of the library floors and snacks/water.  The last time I got busy researching and forgot to eat.  This time I will be prepared with some snacks that I can eat while taking a much needed break.  I also need to label all my belongings in case they get loose and wander the library without me. 

There are many specialists available with advice at the library.  If I can get my questions together I can visit a reference consultant and seek advice.  Sometimes a fresh set of eyes or ears is worth hours of research.  Here's to knocking down some brick walls!  



Chuck Livermore said…
Great advice, Amy. Everyone going to the conference should make their list ahead of time.

Ordering the films you want in advance is necessary also. It can take a few days to get a film requested from the Granite Mountain Vault down to the Family History Library.


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