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Quick Reference Guide

Your own resources can be consulted for the written portions of the exam. Prepare a file folder on a flash drive (from which information will be transferred to the computer on which the test is administered) or files available online which can be accessed from the computer used for research. Alternately, you may compile these resources into a physical binder. Design this guide based on your personal needs. Suggested key items to include:

  • Maps & gazetteers (Finding aids)
  • Word lists (Latin, Swedish, etc.)
  • Paleography (handwriting) samples
  • Historical background
  • Timelines
  • Websites
  • Articles
  • Unique sources
  • List of archives, libraries, genealogical and historical societies
  • Customs and laws
  • Migration trails
  • Periodicals
  • Methodologies
  • Research guides
  • List of key reference material
  • Document samples

Create a quick reference sheet for each state (province or similar political subdivision). It could include items such as the following:

  • Year of independence or year became a state
  • Years civil registration or vital records began
  • Years of available census or population schedules (federal, state, territorial)
  • Historical timeline
  • Major archives
  • Major genealogical publications
  • Major genealogical or historical societies
  • Unique items
  • Maps – country, state and counties or other jurisdictions
  • Key records available online

These files can be used for quick reference as there will not be enough time during the exam to consult the original references.

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