Sunday, December 13, 2015

Genealogy Do-Over

I would say it has been awhile, but that would be an understatement. I guess there is no time like the present to start all over. sigh. So what happened? That would be a great question wouldn't it? To be honest there is a list:
  • I got lazy.
  • I got bogged down. When I started sourcing wasn't a priority, now that I have relized HOW STUPID that was, I felt like it was a lost cause.
  • I got stuck and felt like nothing else could be found. I know thats not true, but I think this had to do with me feeling bogged down.

So what a better time to DELETE EVERYTHING (enter screams).

 Okay not really...

Enter the Genealogy Do-Over, I have tried before but didn't give it the time it deserves. So since I am restarting my research, I am going to do it right.

Week 1

Task 1: Setting previous research aside
This will probably be the easiest thing to do for me. my laptop pooped I haven't gotten it fixed yet, so I have no way to get to those files (no way to open my backup drive with a PC since it was a mac that it was created with). I have a GEDCOM file in my dropbox, but I just won't look at it. My paper files are in a closet, with stuff on top so those are fairly safe.

Task 2: Preparing to research
I usually do research at a table or ...sadly...on the couch. I know, I know....
So what do I need to change in my research pregame?
turn the tv OFF!
actually leave the house
get what I need before I start
Notebook, pen, snack, drink, computer, computer cord, any books

Task 3: Establishing base practices and guidelines
  • CITE my sources
  • TAKE my TIME
  • Be honest
  • not Cherry pick
  • File my paperwork correctly
  • Track what I am doing
  • Ask questions
  • Not give up so easily
  • Bring a drink and maybe snacks
  • Have a pad and pencil or pen just in case

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott