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What should I include in my report?


Your report to your client will communicate your professionalism and skill. The length and content will depend on the research you’ve performed. If you’ve retrieved a document for your client, provide a full citation or provide the information that your client will need to create it. If you’ve completed a multi-step research project, state the research goal, summarize the starting information, list the repositories you visited and the sources you consulted, and share the results of the search.

For an excellent discussion of how to write a quality research report, please read Chapter 18, “Research Reports,” in Elizabeth Shown Mills’ book Professional Genealogy. (Mills, E. S. (2001). Professional genealogy: A manual for researchers, writers, editors, lecturers, and librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co.)