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Genealogy Tech Tools – Series 4: Using Google Docs for a Research Log

I spent some time with Google Docs using a spreadsheet as a research log. I’ve saved it as a public template if you would like to check it out. I welcome any feedback.

Grab a copy here.

Genealogy Research Log

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  1. Calvin, I cannot find your template on Google docs, I really like your format.

    1. Thanks for the heads up Bruce. Yeah, it’s gone. Don’t know what happened to it. I’ve uploaded a newer and improved one and updated this article with a link to the new template.

      1. I also wanted to get access to your template, but I can’t seem to find it and there’s no link to it on this page right now.

  2. I am just starting my genealogy research efforts , a friend recommended you research log. Is it possible to get a blank template for personal use?


    1. Clark,

      The link seems to work for me.

      Confession – I built this a while back but I don’t use it. Right now for a research log I use the Research Log feature in my software – RootsMagic and for other quick research notes I use Evernote.


  3. I’m cureious to find out what blog platform you are using?

    I’m experiencing some small security problems with my latest site and I would like to find something more safe.
    Do you have anny solutions?

  4. Heya excellent website! Does running a blog such as this require a large
    amount of work? I have virtually no understanding of computer programming however I
    was hoping to start my own blog in the near
    future. Anyways, should you have any suggestions or tips for new blog owners
    please share. I understand this is off subject but I simply had to ask.


  5. Love the template. I protected the cells that are the titles so as not to erase or overwrite the titles. Do you have one as a master for sources?


    1. Thanks Lynette. That’s a good idea to protect the headers. I actually no longer use Google Docs for my research log. I use Evernote and with their new and improved tables, I’m loving that method. I have a template note that I copy each time I need to create a new research log. I should update my blog probably.


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