Do you have binders full of research notes?  Can you remember what records you’ve already searched and what you’ve already found?  Do you have stacks of photocopies waiting to be organized and filed? 

If so, there’s a product I saw at the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy 2012 that I think you’ll like.  It’s called “Research Ties.”

This product is created by Jill Crandell, AG.  Crandell is the director of BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy.  She designed this tool this tool to help you create online research logs and electronic documents, and tie them to your genealogy database.

Research Ties promises to enable you to do the following:

  • Online access from any computer
  • Link to your genealogy database to pull in your source citations
  • Copy/paste or download images and hyperlink to log
  • OCR search capability to search for person, family, surname, or locality
  • Form objectives and log research in one place
  • Improve research analysis by quickly locating and opening electronic documents

Crandell is so convinced this tool will be valuable to you, she states that if the house catches on fire, now you can take the children with you, rather than your research!

I’m sure by now you’re dying to know how to examine this system!  It’s still being tested and is not yet available to the public. HOWEVER, you can leave your email address with them to be notified and when the beta test is ready. 

I told you you’d like it!  Go to to sign up to be part of the beta test!