This week I’m not at home slaving away on my do-over. Instead, I’m in Salt Lake City, spending a glorious four (yes, FOUR) full days in the Family History Library. Oh sure, I’ll pop in to the RootsTech/FGS vendor hall from time to time to see my geneafriends and volunteer at the booths for a couple of organizations to which I belong, but my focus is on that library.
I feel pretty confident that all the digital and paper files, photographs, and source citations will still be waiting for me when I return.
Fortunately for me, I can still work on this week’s objectives even while I’m out gallivanting in this genealogy mecca!
Objective: Evaluate Evidence
As I perform my research (following my plan and being sure to enter everything into my logs), I am also evaluating my evidence as I go. I am not entering it into Evidentia yet, but I will when I get home and can properly focus. I’ll be making notes on my logs about the clarity of the documents and images as I get them. My main objective is to make sure that I identify the source of each document I acquire. I’m using these handy-dandy sticky notes:
Now I can jot down all the information about my source down BEFORE I even get my hands on the actual source. Then when I scan/photo/copy the document, I just make sure I get the sticky note in the picture. Easy peasy. It’s a little different with microfilm, and the only solution I’ve come up with for that is to write the first and last file names on the top of the sticky note while I’m scanning the images. Since I’m still very much human, I also am making sure that I keep good records of everything on my research logs.
Objective: Review Online Education Options
A couple of years ago, I devised a plan for my genealogy career. The first step of that plan was to complete the NGS Home Study Course. I didn’t finish it, but I’m done with it. I’ve moved on to the second step of my plan: ProGen Study Group. I’ve been enrolled in ProGen 24 since November, and I’ve already gotten more out of it than I got out of the NGS-HSC lessons I completed (12).
I love to learn, so I continue to seek out webinars, videos, hangouts, and other online educational options. For example, I watched Kirsty Gray’s Legacy Family Tree webinar “One-Place Studies – Tracing the History of a Community” this past weekend. Good thing I did, too! In the first 10 minutes of the recording, Geoff Rasmussen mentioned that he broke down a brick wall by looking at some homestead files on Fold3 that had been mentioned in a webinar he was hosting only a few days prior. Those same records included the Nebraska homestead claim for my 3rd great grandfather! You just never know where you’ll find clues. But I digress.
One of the assignments for my ProGen Study Group was to evaluate our current knowledge base, determine areas where we would like to learn more, and come up with a plan to do so. I chose to focus on learning more about land records and writing proof arguments. Since I have a full-time job and other obligations, the time I spend on genealogy education must be spread over a greater period of time than if I were independently wealthy (an option I’m not completely opposed to). This is the first part of my plan for this year:
Some of these items combine online and offline materials, but with the exception of the conferences, it’s pretty much all online.
Next week’s objectives are to (1) review genealogy database software and (2) digitize photos and documents. I’ll still be recovering from my trip, so glad that next week is an easy one!
How’s your Do-Over coming along?
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