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Monday, 13 January 2014

Before You Go....Create a Research Plan

If you are planning a trip to Scotland for Homecoming 2014 and hope to carry out some genealogy research, you will find better results if you create a research plan before you go.

  • Decide which repositories you want/need to visit. Visit their websites. Learn what hours and days they are open then plan accordingly. 
  • Consider travel and time constraints. What else will you be doing while in Scotland? How many days or hours do you have to dedicate to your genealogy research? Are the repositories open on the days you have free? Be realistic about time. It may take time for the records to be retrieved and brought to you. Keep that in mind when you are planning your time.  
  • Create an Itinerary. Where else do you want to visit? Do you want to see the village, town or city your ancestor lived in? How will you get there? How long will that take? 
  • Create a Travel Plan. Prioritize what you want to see, what records you want to get. If time is limited then decide to work at only the top three. If time allows, you can get to the next items on your list.  
  • You may want to consult a professional genealogist before you go. This will help you to better plan your time and keep you focussed on exactly what it is that you hope to achieve during your quest to learn more about your ancestors.
Planning ahead will help you to make the best use of your time in Scotland. And ultimately that will make your quest to discover your ancestors and your own Scottish heritage more fulfilling.

If  you are going planning to go to Scotland to do family history research and you would like to do so in an organized way, sign up for a group genealogy holiday through Genealogy Tours of Scotland:


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