This is very much an occasional task, and I really should make it a daily task after I've completed a significant task. I have gone through several of my surname notebooks and added earlier research items to the Research Log for that surname, but I have many more notebooks, and Research Logs, to go. In the past few months, I've concentrated on my active research tasks, especially the Family History Library research and results from my one-day March visit.
In RootsMagic 6, the Research Logs can be found on the Lists > Research Manager menu:
On the "Research Log" screen above, I can edit the log name, the objective of the log, select "Edit research item" or "Add research item" or "delete research item."
If I want to "Edit research item," I just click on the specific item and can edit or add to the "Research Log Entry" fields:
The fields are:
* Date of your search
* Reference number
* What were you trying to find?
* What source did you check?
* Where did you check (repository and call#)?
* What were the results of your search.
I'm trying to be as specific as possible in these entries without being really longwinded.
One problem I've found is that if I put a long URL in the Goal or Source/Repository columns, that the entire URL is put in that column, and the Results column gets real narrow.
RootsMagic 6 does provide a way for To-Do list entries to be added to the Research Log. On the "Edit Person" screen, I clicked on the "To-Do" button and the list of To-Do items opened:
The list shows that I have four closed items, and one open item on the list for James Richman above.
I highlighted the first one, and clicked on the "Edit task" button above the list of items, and saw:
The "Edit To-Do" screen opened, and I edited the content to reflect the results, and also filled in the "Status," "Last worked," and "End date" fields. In the lower right-hand corner there is a "Transfer to a research log" button. I used that, chose the Richman Family Research log, and edited the Research Log item to reflect the results.
This process is fairly easy to perform. The problem I have is consistency in my To-Do items and in my Research Log entries.
I have chosen to do Research Logs on a surname basis rather than on a family basis. That way all of the information for a set of ancestral families, plus any others of the Surname, are available in one Research Log. It keeps the list of Research Logs shorter, also. This seems to work pretty well for me - now I need to "fill in the blanks" from the surname notebooks moldering in my bookcase against the window wall.
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