Posted 10 September 2014 - 02:13 PM
Some users do restrict themselves to only using Research logs linked to a person with just the research already done.
But, I don't. I also use it to record data I need to search for or data I searched for and didn't find.
The Research logs gives me a whole new database that is not tied to just the lineage database that I can use in other ways that are useful for me. I am only limited by the number of boxes for a Research item, but not limited about how I use them.
I use the Research logs for a research management system.
For a Research log for a person, I have Research item for research I have done and research I need to do. Everything is in the Research log for that person. I don't use ToDo's to track research either to be done or already done.
Using Research logs not linked to a person is great for recording all the General research I have done that I can't link to a person in my database.
I have General research logs, for example but not restricted to:
Emails pertaining to a family group
Sources I haven't finished reading yet or will need to go back to again with Research items for people I have found and people I need to look for.
Obituaries for people I do not yet have in my database
Research log for research sources in my personal library, books, CD's, etc.
Research sources at my local library, books, microfilm, etc.
A log for search criteria which I will probably use again.
A log for RootsMagic tips and tricks.
I am starting a log for my family's medical information.
General research logs do not export in a gedcom or Drag and drop, so I have linked them to a dummy person. Then, I can choose that person to be included in a gedcom or Drag and drop when I want the General research logs included.
If I use the Research item boxes in a way other than what the label indicates, I enter what I am using a box for in the note for the Research log.
I do use ToDo's for data I want to transfer to several Research logs,
Think out of the box and choose how you want to use Research logs.
However a new version of RM integrates the ToDo list or other features with the Research logs, I will keep everything altogether in the Research logs.