One of the most exciting things about being a genealogist is going to different locations to do your research. Whether it’s a hospital, cemetery or a church, it’s a big step to take in order to fulfill your work.
If you’re going to visit a physical location like a church, you’ll need to take note of certain things. Here are some of the best tips you can bring along with you.
1. Do your research.
Before you head to the church, make sure it’s still there. A lot of researchers make the mistake of being too hasty, only to find out that the church has relocated. So if you haven’t gotten in touch with them, then do so now.
2. Bring your records and papers.
If you’re already halfway through your research, then don’t forget to bring the necessary records, documents and other papers. It’s better to come prepared than be asked of questions you won’t know the answers to.
3. Find out if the church is well organized with their records.
A lot of churches aren’t as organized as others with their records. Sometimes their access is limited as well, since the head priest only has the master keys to any of the stored documents.
For you to save yourself from the hassle, ensure you contact them and find out if they can help you with your research. A good trick here is to offer donations as well so that no good effort goes to waste.
4. Bring a pair of white gloves with you.
If you’re going to be entitled to the old documents in their storage, you need to carefully handle them. In this case, you’ll need a pair of white gloves since the oil from your hands can damage these fragile records.
5. Know how to photograph headstones.
Cemeteries nearby the church can help you with your research as well. So make sure you know the technicalities of photographing these tombstones for quality results. Here’s a neat site that could help you out.
So the next time you’re scheduled for a trip to the church, keep these tips in mind.