Sunday, May 30, 2010

Unlearning what I have learned

I am reminded of a quote from Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back where Yoda says to Luke Skywalker:
You must unlearn what you have learned
In my seven years of genealogy research, I have unfortunately learned to cut a few corners and I have developed a few disorganised research habits!!

My new organisation goals involve starting again from the beginning. This time I hope I might be able be a little more organised and thorough with my source citations and evidence analysis!

Over the next weeks my goals are to:

  • read some basic beginners guides to Genealogy and Family History - online and offline. I will share and discuss on this blog the beginners guides that I find the most helpful and interesting.
  • organise a new Family History folder arrangement on my computer hard drive - and share my ideas!
  • set up template spreadsheets to record all research and correspondence - I will share my template ideas here and discuss some of the places I found the inspiration for them.
  • start my new Legacy file with the basic information about myself and my immediate family. I hope to re-familiarise myself with the features of the software - data entry, reports, charts, searching, sorting, sources and source citation.
My next blog posts will be as follows:

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