HOW TO ADD SOURCES EFFICIENTLY TO
A GENEALOGY PROGRAM

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WHY AND HOW TO USE "THE PAF PAPER CLIP INDICATORS" PAPER

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This method allows the efficient organizing, verifying data, adding data and adding sources while looking at only one source at a time. The sources might be books or microforms.

See the drawing below.

The following will be the things to do when you have microfilm sources:

1. Print out the list of possible microfilms, that might be the sources, from the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC).

2. Make a long tab out of a file folder and write the microfilm numbers on the tab.

3. Place paper clips on the right side of Family Group Record Sheets where you believe the data will be found in a specific microfilm.

4. Verify the data on all Family Group Record Sheets one microfilm at a time using all the paper clips for that microfilm.

5. Hand enter on the Family Group Record Documentation Sheet the FHL microfilm number, item number, parish, page number and line number.

6. Place a paper clip on the top of the sheet indicating that you have to enter this into your PAF or genealogy program database.

7. Enter the data into your PAF or genealogy program database.

8. Check off the data on your Family Group Documentation Sheet and remove the paper clips.

9. Search all the rest of the microfilms, one microfilm at a time.

Revised 12 February 2014 by Jon Schweitzer.

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Paper Clip use with Family Group Sheets