Okay, so it looks like my Week 13 is more like Week 23742384769384729348. The folks in Cycle 2 have practically lapped me already. Gotta love it when work gets in the way.
The objectives for this week are (1) securing research data and (2) reviewing the journey.
Securing Research Data
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have my data backed up several different ways onto several different formats. I have a portable external hard drive as well as an automated backup service through Backblaze. As a backup to my backups, I also purchased iDrive which backs up all of my devices to an external hard drive through my home wifi and then backs itself up to the cloud.
Well now I just sound like a Doomsday prepper. I’m not. Unless you count my booze hoarding. Then, bring on the zombies.
As for future-proofing my research, other than having a Genealogical Will, I really haven’t done much of anything from an estate planning perspective. I guess I’d better put that on my to-do list. Maybe I’ll get to that around Cycle 7.
Reviewing the Journey
I’m actually glad I didn’t try to get my do-over “done” in 13 weeks. First, I’m pretty sure it’s impossible. Second, I want my research done correctly, not necessarily quickly. (Though, a time machine sure would make things a lot easier). I have learned a lot about my research and about myself. I’ve identified my strengths and weaknesses and how to exploit and/or avoid them, whichever the case may be.
Most importantly, I’ve learned that it’s okay to admit that you’ve made mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. I’ve also discovered that in order for me to be able to maintain the level of quality research I want, I need to slow down, document everything, and keep updating the “what next” on my lists. Also, research plans. I have GOT to make a habit out of using research plans!
I always knew that there were fellow genealogists out there who were willing to give advice and help answer questions, because I’ve interacted with many of them. But I realized during this journey that the magnitude of this group of people and the generosity displayed by all the folks participating in every capacity of this Do-Over was far beyond my wildest dreams. I am grateful to each participant who answered our questions and even those who asked the questions – because some of them were questions I never thought to ask.
I will continue working on my Do-Over until it’s done to my satisfaction, and I’ll still be lurking in the Genealogy Do-Over Group on Facebook watching everyone’s progress. I will probably not be providing weekly updates in future cycles, but if I come across a helpful tip or useful tool, I will definitely put it out there.
When when I finish my Do-Over … everyone will know 🙂
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