Yep. Still behind. I’ve been nursing a sore shoulder this week, and prepping for one trial and mediation in two other cases – all happening in the next month. I’ve been plugging away at my Do-Over when time permits, which hasn’t been often … but at least it’s still forward progress. Let’s look at this week’s objectives:
Objective: Share Research
Fortunately, I don’t need to go an “undo” any old public trees that I have online – because I only have one and it’s on WikiTree. I’m all about sharing, but I like to be a little more in control of changes people make to my research. On WikiTree, no one can change a profile I’ve created unless I put them on the “trusted” list; merges have to be approved by the managers of BOTH profiles; I get to manage the privacy settings for each profile; there is a team of people like the WikiChicks who monitor the profiles and try to find matches to prevent duplicates in the tree; and each researcher must swear a blood oath … okay, it’s really just an Honor Code … but still. It makes me feel much better about what I put out there. Yes, there is a learning curve to using WikiTree, but it’s not that difficult and once you get it, it’s really pretty easy. Oh, did I mention it’s FREE?
I’ve only gotten past the living folks, so I will be updating my profiles on WikiTree in conjunction with my Do-Over progress. I’ll probably just make sure all the information is correct and that I have sources for everything. Later, when I start researching again, I’ll be adding biographical sketches for each person and pretty-up the profiles a bit.
Objective: Review Research Travel Options
I work full-time, so my travel opportunities are limited to 3 weeks per year (I reserve the week of sick days for when I really don’t feel like going to work – *cough cough*). I try to squeeze in one genealogy conference each year, and this year was no different – except that I never actually went to the conference – I spent all my time in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. But I still got to see a lot of my geneafriends and made a few new ones too!
Because I live about 500 miles away from the nearest “genealogy destination” (a place where any of my ancestors lived), a day or weekend trip is usually out of the question – mainly because the places I need to go – courthouses, health departments, etc. – aren’t open on the weekends. So I have to be creative and try to get as much research done online as I can, then work with my local library and Family History Center to procure microfilm for other research, then whatever is left is what needs to be done in person. Then I try to incorporate that research into plans for travel to a conference or to visit family (we really shouldn’t forget the living, right?). And if by some stroke of luck, another family member gets bitten by the genealogy bug, well … win-win.
Budget plays a big part in when, where, and (especially) how I travel. If it takes less than 8 hours by car to get to my destination, I will drive. Of course, that’s only if I plan on staying for several days. Otherwise, not worth the drive. If I can plan stops along the way to do a tourist-y thing or to see family (like visiting my daughter in Nashville on my way to Evansville, Indiana) then I consider that a bonus. Plus, if you can STAY with family, your travel budget goes a lot farther!
I have a week in June that I am planning to (1) recover from my trial in May, and (2) drive up to Evansville for a day or two to visit the folks in the best clerk’s office in the world.
Coming up next time: Week 13 – Securing Research Data and Reviewing the Journey
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