History’s Mysteries LLC is a researching firm setting out to uncover answers to your inquiries about history in Northeast Iowa, central to the Waterloo area in Black Hawk County. Our expertise lies in the research of real estate in Iowa and cemeteries in the Midwest as well as other areas of genealogical and ephemera research.

We are a proud member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (profile here) and abide by APG Code of Ethics. We are currently working on our certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Applicants for BCG must demonstrate The Genealogical Proof Standard which can be seen here.
If you would like our assistance to answer a burning question you might have, please send an email to Research@HistorysMysteriesLLC.com. In your email, specify your question and provide additional background on what you already know and what steps you have taken (if any) to previously research this question. A phone conversation can then take place to proceed.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Why a Research Plan is a Must-

Whether you are conducting research for a client or yourself, you need a research plan!

Without a research plan:
            No time limit is defined; will you complete this work tomorrow or next year?
            No goal is set;
are you looking for a name, a date, a record?
            Not having a plan is NOT efficient. Gathering as much information as you can on a subject is not efficient, you don’t meet an end result.

With a research plan:
            You will have time to think of ideas and strategy.
            An outline will funnel resources and make your task a manageable one.
            You will maximize chance of meeting all your goals.
            You won't be as likely to be led astray when stumbling on information pertaining to another project. Jot down notes or the location information and keep your focus on the research at hand. You can come back to this information when time permits and you have all your resources together.

I highly recommend checking out the example plans on the BCG website: http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/worksamples.html

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