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Genealogy Do-Over: Week 3 Progress — 6 Comments

  1. I so enjoy your blog and the information you give us…I have found that you think a lot like me…which might be scary …lol…

  2. I can’t imagine taking on such an enormous undertaking! I’m very impressed with your commitment to re-doing all your research the right way. And I’ll stay too, despite being green with envy! 🙂

  3. I’m amazed you are able to work on this with all that is involved. I took one look at what was involved and ran far away. But now I’m thinking about where all of our birth certificates are. I’m sure mine has been eaten away by mice as my mom threw all that stuff in a drawer and left the drawer in the garage…far away from the house. Anyways, I am endeavoring a similar project with 3 boxes I got from my great-grandmother’s house – items her son took when she died and his son passed on to me. I am not worry about archiving them at this point though, just inventorying and having fun with it all. Once it’s “organized” and “described” then I will set them up in an “archives.” As a trained archivist, I will will give you two pieces of advice – Original Order and Provenance. Provenance (to come from) is easy if all your keepsakes came from one ancestor, but original order (keeping things in the order in which the creator put them in) is harder to maintain and most people fight it. In an upcoming blog post I have posted 2 examples of why this is important, but I’ll share my secrets here with you first: 1) if you find an unlabeled photo, sometimes the photos it is filed with can help identify it and 2) I found a bunch of photos in a small box that were labeled differently from the rest. My great-grandmother labeled photos of herself as “Me.” The photos I found said “Louise.” Other photos said “Me and Louise.” – turns out these photos belonged to my great-great-grandmother! (A different “creator.”)

    • Good tops, Ginger! I haven’t had to deal with “original order” too much. Mainly because everything I’ve received was more thrown toward me than presented to me. 🙂

      I am making sure to include the provenance in my citations though. Just in case there’s any question.

      Meanwhile, I’ll just keep plugging along 🙂

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