Now that you know how to use a Research Log, it’s time to start researching. Where to go? What to do? I suggest you start with yourself. Get a box or a file folder and gather all the important documents that pertain to your life. Then use some sort of genealogical software to compile and store your information on the computer. I won’t discuss which software is best in this post because 1) All have pros and cons and 2) I haven’t decided myself, yet! I’m in the weeding process right now. I’ve used Personal Ancestral File for a long time, but it will no longer be updated, therefore I’ve got to choose another one. If you want to try some out before you buy, you can get some FREE trial versions. Here are a few.
1) Legacy Family Tree - http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadLegacy.asp
2) RootsMagic - http://www.rootsmagic.com/Try/RootsMagic/
3) FamilyInsight - http://www.ohanasoftware.com/?cl=buy&op=buy
4) Ancestral Quest - http://www.ancestralquestonline.com/updates/getlatest.asp?demo=1
Now your assignment is to gather your important documents, start looking into what software you like, and then entering information for yourself in some of the software. This will help you choose which you like best. Different versions will appeal differently to different people (did I type “different” enough?).