I am now a week into the February or #Month2GenealogyDoOver.
First task for February is:
Establishing base practices and guidelines
I still haven’t installed Legacy because if I did, I know I would immediately start adding data and I want to be more organized this time when creating my database. I have started watching some of the Legacy videos but until I actually start inputting, I feel this is a waste of time at the moment.
When I began researching over 40 years ago in the time of microfilm and microfiche, I learnt early about starting with my self and working back one generation at a time. I filled in pedigree charts and family groups sheets but I didn’t necessarily take notice of the sources. I filed these charts and sheets away in folders in month 1 of the do-over.
Back in the seventies and eighties when I was researching, it was mainly about finding names, dates and places. This time I will be looking for stories as well. I learnt more about this when doing the University of Tasmania (UTAS) online course called Introduction to Family History late in 2014.
When looking at documents, I will make sure I scan or download then transcribe each one and take note of all the information on it, not just the bits I am looking for. Some of those extra names might lead to more relatives or the event might lead to newspaper reports etc. Part of the UTAS online course was about the importance of analysing every document to find out what is included and can help you on the next step to your research.
So my base practices and guidelines will include:
- Always include sources when noting data for Legacy database. Do not include names without at least one source mentioned per event.
- Research the stories of each person not just dates, places etc.
- Transcribe documents and save scan/download/transcriptions in relevant family notebook in OneNote.
The second task for February is:
Setting research goals
To do this I also need to be organized in how I will be keeping data together before putting on the Legacy database.
After looking at the pros and cons of Evernote and OneNote, I decided to use OneNote as it is more like a notebook with dividers and pages. Here are some screen shots of what I have done so far.
I have created a notebook for each direct line surname in my tree. These can now be found on my PC, my laptop and my ipad and will sync immediately anything is added. It is all saved up in the cloud on my OneDrive. I still need to find out how to find my OneDrive – am assuming it is something like my Google Drive. On my desktop PC at the moment, I am just clicking on OneNote icon in the task bar and all the notebooks are there.
Within each surname notebook I have a to do list relating to that surname. I also have a divider for each couple with that surname. So with my SMITH family notebook, there is a to do list, Robert and Irene my great grandparents have a divider and William and Sarah Ann my great great grandparents have their divider. The pink line across the top means it relates to the pink divider.
Now within each divider I can have separate pages eg family group sheet, timeline, newspaper reports, electoral rolls etc. These are all in pink so again relate to William and Sarah Ann in the SMITH notebook.
I still have to create the pages for each divider in the other notebooks. But I have three weeks of February to do that, to get Legacy installed and watch the rest of the videos when inputting my data and that of my parents.
My first research goal is to fill in a family group sheet for my parents and their parents within the relevant divider in the correct surname notebook. Anything I don’t know will be highlighted in yellow and added to the to do list for that surname. Luckily most of my information will be found online at the LINC Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (TAHO) website where all records, between 1803 and 1930, have been digitized for births, deaths and marriages in the Tasmanian names index.
My second goal will be questioning my parents to help fill in more information and showing me original documents if they have them eg birth, marriage certificates. I will use my ipad app Soundcloud to tape any interviews as these can also be added to the notebook or in a post on my blog.
Readers: Are you using Evernote, OneNote, Google Drive, Excel spreadsheets or what to collate your information? Why did you choose that format?