Yeah, I’ve decided to hit the reset button on my genealogy. All the cool kids are doing it, you know. Thomas MacEntee started it (that’s his button up there, in case you were wondering) over at Geneabloggers. Back on December 15, he announced the Genealogy Do-Over, wherein he was going to essentially toss the past 20 years of his genealogy research and start over. From scratch.
I kinda sorta did this a few years ago when I switched from FamilyTreeMaker to RootsMagic, but I didn’t really start from scratch. I only transferred individuals one at a time – and since then, I’ve made quite the mess of things … missing citations, duplicate documents, and … how did I find that record again? Yeah, it’s time.
So I’m joining Thomas and the 500 or so other folks who are embarking on this endeavor and starting my research over (that’s just at the last count … I’m pretty sure there will be more).
It’s a 13-week process, and we’ve already got an agenda outlining the focus for each week. I plan to do a blog post each week about my progress, but we’ll see how that goes. The first week will be spent setting aside our previous research, preparing to research, and establishing base practices and guidelines. I’ve already started working on my “standard operating procedure” that I plan to follow once I re-start my research. I have a feeling Excel and Evernote are going to become very close friends.
Keep an eye out for weekly updates!
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