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Today's freebie is a real staple. Well, actually, it's a form, a note-taking form. You can absolutely use blank paper for note taking. However, since you need to record the same kind of details on every page of notes, a form is nice for reminders. This particular form is aimed at new or less experienced genealogists who need extra help remembering all the source details they need to record. This is great for Occasional Genealogists (OGs) because you very likely don't remember everything between your occasional research sessions. As a disclaimer, I do not take notes by hand unless it is the only option I have. Below are images with filled in forms. As you can see from my handwriting, there's a very good reason I don't handwrite anything. Since I previously provided a note taking form that had to be used electronically ( Plan to Notes Form ), I've created a printable note-taking form for OGs who need a form they can fill out by hand. I've tried to include ...
Thursday I posted about keeping a planner for your personal life. Amazingly, I found a bit of time that night to finally make some paper accessories for my planner. Friday I realized I had even better genealogical uses for my little creations. FYI, this post isn't exactly aimed at Occasional Genealogists. I have considered that you might be an Occasional Genealogist because your other hobbies get in the way. If that's you, this is a hobby cross-over. This is a fun project for any crafty genealogist, though. I recently purchased a set of clear stamps and dies at Amazon.com (note: links to Amazon products are affiliate links, I make a potential commission if you click through, you pay the same you would, I can afford to keep writing this blog!). The particular set I chose to start with is from Hero Arts's Clearly Kelly line, "Kelly's Planner Clips Stamp & Cut." Here are a few pictures of my test batch just so you can see what I used and what it made. ...
For this first Freebie Friday, I'm making a custom research planning form available. This form is only to be used electronically, it won't work if you try and print it. It is based on the plan to notes form I described in yesterday's post about  three genealogy shortcuts that aren't cheats . This form is a Google Docs file with minimal formatting. This should allow you to use it on most devices. You will need to save a copy before you can edit it. ...
Welcome to "The Occasional Genealogist!" This blog is for all the enthusiastic genealogists who only occasionally get to work on their own genealogy. For most of you that probably means you only occasionally get to do genealogy. For some of you, though, you may do other people's genealogy pretty often but only occasionally find time for your own projects. I'm in that second group. My name's Jennifer and I am an Occasional Genealogist... sort of. As a professional genealogist , I do genealogy almost every day, rarely is it my own. A Little Bit About Me I didn't get to be a professional genealogist by going to school for genealogy. I started as a complete Occasional Genealogist. I only got to do research occasionally and that was in the days before the Internet. How Can I Help? I've been through many "stages" of genealogy, from being a beginner, and probably making every mistake out there, all the way to being a full-time professional...

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