Research Process

WELCH, Wesley probate


The five steps in the genealogical research process:

1. Define a question. This is the beginning of any research project. We start with what you already know and evaluate what you want to learn.

2. Create a research plan. I will outline the resources that I will use to reach the goal.

3. Conduct research. I will conduct a reasonably exhaustive search, both online and in person, that may answer your question. I provide citations to all information.

4. Analyze the findings. Conflicting evidence is very common in genealogical research. Many times there is not a direct answer to your question but indirect evidence will answer it. I will analyze all information pertaining to your question.

5. Prepare a written report. I will provide a written report with all resources used, analysis of evidence, and findings. Copies of documents where applicable are provided.