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Glad to help. I have sort of a mental list of things I do, every time I get a 'new' ancestor. I post on the genforum for surname, and any known county they lived in. I join the rootsweb gen list for surname and county, and post there. I search the genweb archives as well as the archives for the surname and county...I visit the county site to see what is available, including, hopefully, a lookup list. I do some county reading, for oftentimes boundary lines change, and what is in a certain county now, was in another one in the time frame I'm looking into.....that can sure save one a heap of wasted time! I also make a sort of cheat sheet for each family I'm working...just basic info.. names, dates, places, and a short list of what I hope to find...this, especially the latter, is so helpful when researching in a library. I'm afraid if I don't write things down, I have a tendency to forget something I want to look for, when I'm inundated with a new research place! I have also been known to color code things, assigning a certain colored dot to certain families. Thus, when I look at a map with family color dots, I can easily see who loved near whom, etc.