Monday, October 1, 2012

Motivation Monday - Goals for October 2012

I haven't done so well with my goals this month. I will have to carry a few of them forward into October.

On my September Motivation Monday post, Tessa of The Keough Corner blog left a comment as follows:

I would be interested to know why you are thinking of switching from Legacy as your main genealogy program? Please share - thanks
Thanks Tessa for this comment. I haven't given up on Legacy just yet and I think, even if I do decide to use one of the other programs I have installed on my laptop for my main database I would definitely continue to use Legacy from time to time because I like the reports and charts that Legacy produces. As I mentioned in my last Motivation Monday post, I have several family history software programs installed on my laptop including Legacy 7.5, Family Tree Maker 2012, Roots Magic 4 and Family Historian 5. I have definitely not been taking full advantage of the different features of each of these programs. I recently become particularly interested in the customisable features of Family Historian after reading posts by fellow Australian geneabloggers Jill at Geniaus and Shelley at Twigs of Yore, particularly because of Shelley's post in May this year Getting Technical with Family Historian Software, regarding the "plugins" feature of version 5 of Family Historian. The idea of creating customised templates for Australian sources caught my interest immediately. Sometimes I feel a bit lost trying to make Australian, UK and Irish sources fit in with the the source templates available in Legacy. I know that is probably because I need to learn more about Legacy, so I will be reacquainting myself with Legacy's features also. 

I already had a copy of version 4 of Family Historian as I was fortunate enough to win a copy via Facebook thanks to Gould Genealogy. I honestly have to admit that I installed the software and looked at it with interest but I put it aside and continued to use Legacy. With renewed interest, I decided to upgrade to version 5 of Family Historian. Now have a lot of reading and learning to do. Will I change to using Family Historian for my main database? I don't know yet, but I will definitely continue to use Legacy. 

My goals for September 2012 were:
  1.  Reacquaint myself with the features of the various genealogy software products I have on my computer (Legacy 7.5RootsMagic 4Family Tree Maker 2012Family Historian and Personal Historian 2)  Achieved partially, but I will carry this goal over into my October goals as well.
  2.  Continue implementing the Digital Organisational Scheme I developed back in January. During September I will aim to continue working on the file names and metadata within my 'Genealogy>Hehir' and 'Genealogy>Ellis' folders. I will particularly concentrate on organising the files within each 'Correspondence' folder. Not achieved, move this goal forward into October.
  3.  Continue working on my new family history file, working backwards methodically, recording all sources, attaching relevant source documents and attaching photographs. During September, I aim to do this for more of my Hehir and Ellis family members. At the the time of posting my Legacy file contains 118 individuals. During September I will aim to increase that number to at least 150.  Not achieved, move this goal forward into October.
  4.  Organise, crop, rename and tag photographs from my 'Scans To Sort' folder. At the time of posting my 'Scans To Sort' folder contains 18,115 Files, 485 Folders, 58.3 GB of data. During September I aim to reduce the number of files in my 'Scans To Sort' photographs folder to at least 17,900. Achieved. 
  5.  At the moment I am reading one genealogy related ebook. During September I will aim to finish this ebook. Not achieved. I would like to be able to say I achieved this but I have to be completely honest and say that 58% of the way through this particular ebook I decided to stop reading. I thought it was taking up too much of my valuable genealogy time (thus why I haven't achieved some of my other goals this month) and I decided it was not very useful for my purposes anyway. Truthfully, it was becoming a chore to read this book. I won't name the particular book, but I will just say it was an ebook regarding the concepts of family history and identity in Ireland and among the Irish diaspora. The description sounded interesting when I downloaded the ebook and I tried very hard to read the book and find the information interesting and useful...but just couldn't keep it up. Now to move on to other more interesting books.
  6.  Participate in blogging prompts when able (Trove Tuesday, Family History Through the Alphabet52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy21st Century Organized Family Historian and Beyond the Internet) Achieved. During September I participated in the Family History Through the Alphabet blogging challenge with posts for Q, R, S, T and U. I also participated in Trove Tuesday with three posts during September.
My goals for October 2012 are:
  1. Reacquaint myself with the features of the various genealogy software products I have on my computer (Legacy 7.5RootsMagic 4Family Tree Maker 2012Family Historian and Personal Historian 2
  2. Continue implementing the Digital Organisational Scheme I developed back in January. During October I will aim to continue working on the file names and metadata within my 'Genealogy>Hehir>Correspondence' folder. 
  3. Continue working on my new family history file, working backwards methodically, recording all sources, attaching relevant source documents and attaching photographs. During October, I aim to do this for more of my Hehir and Ellis family members. At the the time of posting my Legacy file contains 118 individuals. During October I will aim to increase that number to at least 150. 
  4. Organise, crop, rename and tag photographs from my 'Scans To Sort' folder. At the time of posting my 'Scans To Sort' folder contains 17,275 Files, 380 Folders, 49.2 GB of data. During October I aim to reduce the number of files in my 'Scans To Sort' photographs folder to at least 15,000. 
  5. Participate in blogging prompts when able (Trove Tuesday, Family History Through the Alphabet52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy21st Century Organized Family Historian and Beyond the Internet
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5 comments:

  1. Aillin, I am exhausted just reading your post. You appear to be making great strides.

    I continue to learn more about Family Historian as each week goes by and am impressed. The only thing I miss from TMG is the management of witnesses to events - there may be a way to deal with this easily in FH but I haven't found it yet.

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  2. Your blog left a smile on my face. The dilemma of keeping up with the flow of information, and filing it. It is so hard to be disciplined with the storing of all your information, photos and books when you could be using this time to be doing some more searching. I am impressed with your to do list. Good luck with it.

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  3. Hi, don't forget to check out Ancestral Sources, to go with Family Historian, it provides an easy way to enter complex data such as Census and marriage certificates and uses the series of templates (if you define some Australian ones, please post them to www.fhug.org.uk so others can use them).

    Jane
    Webmaster Fhug.org.uk (The Family Historian User Group)

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  4. As always you have set your goals and achievements so clearly. I'm constantly impressed by how organised and methodical you are. I'd really like to know about that ebook though ;-)

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  5. Good luck with the genealogy programs Aillin. I don't really like any of them but find Relatively Yours allows for more family variables but is less sophisticated in other respects. Quite like the look of Family Historian but think it will be TMG I turn to.

    You have intrigued me with that ebook, though ;-)

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