Monday, December 29, 2014

Genealogy Do-Over: Week 1

Week 1 begins in a few days! I carved out some time to put some plans to paper. I may add/edit through week 1 as I review my progress.

Week 1 – 2-8 January 2015
  • Setting Previous Research Aside
    • Use records ordered/purchased as needed.
    • Otherwise do not refer to old research notes.
  • Preparing to Research
    • Cleaned my desk!
    • Created a new master family tree file in RootsMagic 7.
    • Learn more about the features in RM 7, especially creating citations.
    • Prepare my research binder - to keep me organized and in one place.
    • Prepare my resource binder, to include lists, tools, maps, etc. (I created this many years ago and will review for updates).
    • Review book - Crash Course in Family History by Paul Larsen. I ordered and received this book a week or two before Thomas announced GenDoOver!
    • Evernote - learn to use it (finally).
    • Personal genealogy library - review the books I have and create a Library Thing catalog. (Wow... I'd forgotten about some of the great books/resources I have). 
    • Research log - reviewed and updated.
    • Create new digital genealogy folders (when I transfer my old computer contents to my new computer this week).
    • Re-sort my paper files. Purge as needed. (Why did I think it was a good idea to merge them?) Maternal: Howard/Smith & Snell/Holmes. Paternal: Stafford/Benton & Sawyer/Crumpler.
  • Establishing Base Practices and Guidelines
    • Consistency: 
      • File naming (digital).
      • Document naming (digital).
      • Research methodology of each person (research log/resource checklist).
      • Scan & File as I go... do NOT allow a holding bin.
    • Collect, analyze and enter data in RootsMagic.
    • Record negative search results.
    • Cite my sources (properly).
    • Create to-do list for follow-up research.
    • No branch hopping! Stay focused.
    • BLOG (and share).
George Washington Stafford Photo
George Washington Stafford
Paternal Great Grandfather ~ Brick Wall 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Back to Normal

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My research has sat dormant for more than 5 years while I waited for things to get "back to normal". I've since realized that isn't possible. With each life event "normal" takes on a new look. I've decided that I need to schedule time for my blogging and genealogy research.

With this plan in mind for 2015, feeling as if I was starting over since I've been out of touch far too long, I was (secretly) happy that so many others felt somewhat the same as we all jumped on board with Thomas for the big Genealogy Do-Over starting next week.

It is still overwhelming when I think about it as a whole... so, I won't.

I hope you'll stop by in 2015.

research files
Paper files in our basement storm room

Find all the details here: Genealogy Do-Over