Genealogy Workbook for the researcher

As a genealogist, I’ve carried many notebooks in various forms with me while I gathered information about my ancestors. That included the old floppy Campfire Notebook popular in the 70s and 80s. When notebooks were filled or I didn’t have access to one, I scribbled notes on loose paper.

My goal was to save my original notes made from visiting cemeteries, archives, cenotaphs and similar places, but after much research, I found myself extremely disorganised. My scraps of paper were stuffed into boxes and in the pocket of a few binders I had dedicated to genealogy.

My best organisation was the little Campfire Notebooks and similar style ones I carried easily with me on outings. They were big enough to record information and small enough to fit into the satchel I carried with my ‘ancestor hunting’ supplies: pens, pencils, brush for cleaning headstones, pruners for getting past thorny bushes in overgrown, neglected, forgotten cemeteries, gloves, compass, etc. While blank pages were handy, I also found myself creating ‘forms’ or organising the data to the best of my ability in similar fashion, so I could in a glance know what information I had and didn’t have concerning an ancestor.

The Genealogy Workbook is something I wish I had decades ago when I started my research. It organises information according to the individual. This was a lack of foresight on my part when I used notebooks in the past. I had simply turned to the first blank page and recorded what I was finding instead of crudely organising the information according to person. That meant flipping through the notebook each time I wanted to double check what I’d originally recorded to find the notes or when I compiled a file for a person.

The goal of this Genealogy Workbook is to make it easier to sort and later find the raw information on the group of individuals you are currently researching. It holds data for 50 individuals. The Contents section is designed to record the name of the person on the line next to the corresponding number, so you can easily find them by page number. The Additional Notes section is for anything that doesn’t fit into the forms. It’s also a great place to add sources.


Details: 6 inches by 9 inches, soft cover, 120 pages (60 sheets), numbered pages, cream-coloured paper, genealogy information forms.

Twenty pages at the end of the workbook are left blank for additional notes.

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