Finding a New Record…Again

I’ve found myself “finding” a new record and experiencing that little thrill of potential new information before being crestfallen as I realize I already have that “new” record. This has happened more than a few times. I’ve blamed it on my dual data approach – offline database for verified information and online (ancestry.com) database for research purposes.

But then I almost ordered a death certificate from the New Jersey archives—for the second time—and realized a much better method of keeping track of vital records and other sources was in order. My offline database does include source details, but I clearly have been lazy about proper citation so that I know *exactly* where a detail came from.

I’ve also been thinking about using a checklist, like this one from Family Tree Magazine or one that I create myself, to allow a quick run down of what I have so that I can then enter the details into my offline database properly.

How do you keep track of vital records and other documents?