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  History Toolkit

These are short essays designed to help the beginning historian conduct and organize his or her own historical research. Essays marked with  include forms for you to print and use in your own research.



Stages of a Historical Research Project


  Using Primary Sources
  How to Read 18th-Century Writing
  What to do with a Diary You've Found
Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History
  How to Read Probate Records
How to Search Deeds

How to Read a Graveyard


  Handling, Organizing and Storing Information

How to Make a Timeline


Caution: Photocopying


  How-to's at other websites

A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository
This includes info on what to preserve, info about donations, tax deductions, restrictions, copyright, etc.

A Guide to Donating Your Organizational Records to a Repository
This includes info on what documents should be saved, how to make donations, access, etc.

A Guide to Deeds of Gift
This tells you what info has to be in a deed of gift to an archive.

National Archives Genealogical Research Guides
The National Archives has an excellent set of research guides online. The subjects include: genealogical and biographical research, census records, immigration and naturalization records, military records, miscellaneous records (post office, passport applications, social security records), African-American research, and research on women.

Electronic Rehab
This interactive web class introduces the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation to anyone who is thinking about rehabilitating a historic building--property owners, architects, engineers, contractors, developers, members of historic district commissions, and maintenance personnel and other caretakers of historic buildings. Learn what the Standards for Rehabilitation are, who uses them, how they're applied, what to do before you start work, and the DOs and DON'Ts of rehabilitation. Each Standard is explained with illustrated examples of project work. To test your understanding of the Standards, Electronic Rehab features a follow up quiz on the rehabilitation of two historic buildings--one commercial and one residential. You make work decisions using the Standards and get immediate feedback on how you did.

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