Diana Crisman Smith began researching her ancestry at age eleven. She has been working with clients for nearly twenty years, as well as teaching and presenting to a variety of organizations across the US (and at sea). She has written for print and online publications, presented to groups large and small in person and via webinars. Her perspective is flavored by her background as a trained and licensed teacher, a professional secretary, her involvement over the years with the development of computer and Internet technology, and (of course) her interest in history.
Documents often can, should, or might be included in your documentation. However, the reality is that photocopies (or digital copies) may be unavailable due to a number of factors. The other reality, however, is that part of the document can, should, or might be included in your documentation. There are essentially three ways to convert an original document by note-taking without photocopying: transcribing, abstracting or extracting. Learn when and how to use each method.