Archive for March, 2015

I completely agree  with the idea of sharing. I have done some intense research and have worked very hard, but I would give any of my research away to an interested party. The main reason that I am doing the do-over is so that I can be confident about all of the information on my public tree. I don’t put citations and additional sources in Ancestry, but I am happy to share with anyone who asks.

I do get frustrated with people who replicate bad research online, but so far the only way that I can combat this is with my good information.

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I am in the home stretch. This week’s assignments worked out perfectly for me because I didn’t have time to do traditional research so I reviewed my social media strategy. I use Facebook primarily for contact with my friends and family, but I joined a few groups including Technology for Facebook and Organized Genealogists. I’ve also been playing around with Twitter and followed a lot of people. This will likely be my go-to for social media for genealogy, but I have a bit of work to do to get it there. 

I also looked through my feedly stream and cleaned that up a bit. Feedly is a blog reader. You subscribe to blog sites and you can scroll through and read blogposts that interest you. The one thing I like is that you can easily categorize items so I have one feed for genealogy and another for other blog subjects I like to read (Design, organization etc.)

I’m feeling great about my progress. I will keep it up for the next two weeks and then define my goals for the next quarter. 

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There are some great resources for genetic genealogy here. I decided that I would do a genetic genealogy mini-course for myself when the Do-Over was complete. So for now, I added a few more suggested resources to my list. I will put together a blog post with my plan for educating myself on genetic genealogy when I am ready to start. 

In terms of back-up, I save everything in evernote which means it is available off-site. If my computer, iPad, or iPhone were to crash I could easily just open everything up on a new device. I do have a lot of photos scanned onto my computer which have not been organized or saved to any cloud service. That should probably be my next project; however, I’m moving and won’t have access to my computer for a few months. Maybe I should move the photos to evernote or to Dropbox for backup purposes and then worry about organizing later. 

The other hole in the evernote plan is that it is easy to delete a note and rather hard to find a note in the trash bin. For some reason, you cannot search in the trash files. This was evident a few weeks ago when my husband needed a copy of his high school degree. Despite the fact that he has two masters degrees, he had to prove he was a high school graduate for something. Haha. I had a note and a source citation, but the image wasn’t there. Fortunately, we still have the original, but it reveals how easily things can get misplaced. I haven’t come up with a solution for this other than being more careful with notes that would be more difficult to replace. I also might go through and permenantly delete some files that I know I will never need again to make it easier to find a file I accidentally deleted. 

I’m proud of the progress I’ve made. I have wanted to start my tree over for a while and this gave me the kick in the pants to do it. I have a lot of work to do and I’m trying to make a plan for the time that I don’t have access to my computer. I’ll have more free time so I’d like to keep making progress. 

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I finished something I have been meaning to do for a long time this week… Organize my paper files. Thanks Do-Over!!

I’m agree with Thomas McEntee on this one and I don’t have very many paper files. First, I went through them and separated them between things to keep and things to get rid of. Most of them were copies that people had made and sent to me for various reasons – these I pitched. For now, I kept the original vital records that I’ve ordered.  I made sure that I had good quality scanned copies (ones to keep and ones to chuck.)  I put the vital records into plastic sheet protectors. 

Cluster Research

I absolutely agree with the importance of cluster research. My paternal ancestors have four straight generations of James Greens. I’ve hit a brick wall at the fourth generation and I believe that the key to breaking this down will be researching their fan club. I’m not there yet on my current do-over project, but I’m sure I will get there eventually.  I’m also reminding myself to keep notes on possible theories. I’m always happy when I do this because it jogs my memory. 

I will be on vacation for the next week so no progress will be made, but I will try to engage with the topics.

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The first topic is collateral research. I’m not ready to begin collateral research in my current do-over project because I’m digesting the enormous amount of materials I scanned at my parents house last month. They are all cited but I’m going back through them to glean information from them. There are all sorts of gems hidden among them including letters exchanged between my grandparents when my grandfather was in North Africa for several weeks in the late 60s. His descriptions of travel are priceless including buying a one way ticket from Madrid to Tangier for $28. 

I completely agree with the importance of collateral research. One personal story… I had heard that my paternal great grandfather had been married before but had no information about her. He has an incredibly common name (James Green) and I couldn’t find any information about this marriage. I started researching his brother, Thomas, and traced him back to Michigan (a state that my ancestors had no other known connection to.) After a bit more digging, I realized that Thomas and James had moved to Detroit together and later I found a 1912 marriage register for james Green in Detroit. I never would have looked in this repository without the collateral research.
The second topic was in-person genealogy training. I’m not currently living in the US so it’s a bit difficult for me. I would love to attend a conference or week long intensive training, but that will have to be a project for another day. 

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