A research log helps you develop a list of sources you have already searched, or plan to search including the purpose of each search. It provides a summary of significant findings, and where your copies are, notations showing sources searched where you found nothing, and plenty of comments about your search strategies, suggestions, questions, analysis, and discrepancies. Using a research log will help you stay on track and not duplicate searches you have already done.
Where can I find a research log?
Most genealogy software programs provide a research log. If you are not allowed to bring your tablet or laptop to an archive or resource center, you can enter the data you want to research and print off a copy of the log.
Can I find the research log online?
A research log can be found online at familysearch.org. Familysearch.org provides tutorials and videos on the benefits of using a research log.