In my opinion the best prep you can do for a trip is to research before you go. That's right, you don't need to go back and read the sentance again. I said, "research before you go!".
No, I am not crazy, but I do believe that a good foundation is important when you are taking a research trip. I think just going in blind is a big mistake.
SO a few early steps that I think are esential.
- Decide which lines you want to focus on
- Determine what you have & what it is you want
- Locate "repositories" located in area that can provide resources for research
- Put together research notebook(s)
A few notes of explanation. #1 & #2 are pretty self explanatory. #3 - I went on line and found two historical & genealogical societies that have holdings that I feel would work very well with the lines I've decided to focus on for this trip.
I am going to Lancaster & Berks County, Pennsylvania - so I've gone into my data base and found my DIRECT lines in those two counties. I have four surnames of interest to me. I've taken those four surnames and did "research notebooks" on them. A descendancy book for four generations - from that families oldest person in that county down for four generations.
I've bound them together and now I can start my pre-trip research.
Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Comment - I'd love to hear from you!
We'll continue this tomorrow.