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The information on a research plan was really great. The example used walked throughout the steps. Developing a research plan and maintaining focus are critical skills to learn as you begin to become a genealogist.

There were no assignments with this Module and I think there are some fairly easy assignments that could be drafted to help apply what they are reading. The quiz was simple, but highlighted common pitfalls that people make as they research. I worked through this module much quicker than the first.

On to Module 3.

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About two years ago, I decided that I needed to go back through my early research and add source citations to all of my early research. At the same time, I committed to adding citations for new research.

To get started, I moved all of my scanned files from my computer into Evernote then I tagged each of them with the tag “.citation” which showed the ones who needed a source citation added. Today, I finished the project and all of the scanned sources that I have now have source citations. It is an incredible feeling and it has already been worth it.

In addition, I tagged each file with the surname, place, and type of document for each scan. This has been incredibly helpful. It makes it so easy to find almost anything in Evernote.

Next project: Go through things that I have attached to my family tree in Ancestry and make sure that I’ve downloaded a copy and add a source citation.

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I just completed Module 1. As I predicted most of the information was a review for me and would be for an intermediate to advanced genealogist. The assignments were ungraded and basic, but a good chance to practice. They has kept a good balance by alluding to certain more complex topics like citation and source analysis while still making it accessible to beginner genealogists.

The final quiz involved questions about a person’s pedigree chart and family group sheet. It was more of a skill builder than a regurgitation of facts. I enjoyed the skill building aspect and it took me three tries to pass the quiz. I did, however, notice some differences in the example pdf charts and the example charts shown on the screen which would cause someone to answer some questions differently. There is no universal pedigree chart and genealogists choose the level of detail they want to incorporate. That being said, it was a bit frustrating in a quiz scenario where there is one right and wring answer.

I’m looking forward to Module 2 and I’m enjoying refreshing my basics skills.

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NGS – Basics Course

NGS recently updated their Home Study Course and I thought I would check it out. I had wanted to take the course in the past, but I’m not currently living in the US and the course is really focused on US based sources. With their new configuration, it seems that the first two courses could be taken by anyone. The first course, NGS – The Basics, costs $30 for NGS members. Based on the syllabus, it seems that it is a bit more basic than my current skill level, but it is a prerequisite for the longer NGS course. Also, the price is reasonable and I’m sure I’ll pick up some things.

You can check out the course here.

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