I continue to meticulously follow my document process for the “known” individuals in my tree … so far, I’m up to 9 people in my tree! It’s slow-going, but I am confident that when I’m done it will be a thing of beauty. I hit a bump in the road the other day when a friend of mine asked: “how will people two generations from now know to look in your citations for the images of the documents?” Well that’s a simple enough question – and I had no answer. So I’ve have to go back through all 68 multimedia items and create duplicate tags in order for them to appear alongside the event as well as within the citation window. Fortunately, I didn’t have to open each file, tag it, close it, and move on to the next one. I was able to tag them all from the media gallery in RootsMagic, which saved a TON of time.
In the meantime, the Do-Over is rolling along.
As I mentioned for week 8, I’m waiting until I have all of my documentation entered for my “known” relatives before I begin doing any additional research. This process has already proven quite useful in that in the process of transcribing, writing source citations, and entering everything into Evidentia, I have uncovered some interesting questions that really need to be answered, and uncovered other information that will help answer other questions or lead to additional records.
When I do finally re-start my research, I plan on following Thomas’ “Best Practices” in the write-up for Week 9. Armed with those tips and tricks, I hope to avoid those pesky ‘brick walls’ or ‘dead ends’ in my tree.
Objective: Organize Research Materials – Documents and Photos
The majority of my research materials are digital, so I have very little to organize from a hard-copy standpoint. My filing and naming scheme for the digital materials has already been addressed and it’s working like a charm! For the hard copy materials that I do have, I plan to preserve them as well as I can and will deal with those as I come across them over the course of this Do-Over. I have been reviewing Denise Levenick’s book How to Archive Family Keepsakes, and her website The Family Curator, so I’ll be ready for those items as I get to them. For now, since most of the documents I have are copies that I ordered through the mail, in addition to the scanned copy I am placing the hard copy in the individual’s file, complete with source citation.
I have several of my grandmother’s travel photo albums (99% landscape photos of Ireland) and my great grandfather’s scrapbooks (from the 1930s through the late 1960s) that I will address later.
Here are next week’s objectives: (1) Review DNA Testing Options, and (2) Organize Research Materials – Digital
I’ll be interested to see everyone’s comments on the DNA testing … since I’m still such a beginner when it comes to that.
So … how YOU doin’?
Do we share ancestors? Email me: lostancestors AT gmail DOT com
Copyright 2016 - Jenny-ology.com
Disclosure: Some posts may contain affiliate links, which means I may be compensated if you purchase a product using one of those links. There is no additional cost to you. Occasionally I receive free products to review, which will be indicated in my review posts. All opinions are my own, regardless of compensation. See my full disclosures at the link above.