Saturday, March 31, 2018

Genealogy Do-Over - March 2018

I am taking part in the Genealogy Do-Over this year. 

  1. Conducting Self-Interview
  2. Conducting Family Interviews

    1. Conducting Self-Interview

    I decided to use Evernote to record my self-interview. I wrote down my own knowledge of the dates and places of events in my own life. 
    For example, I recorded:

    • Birthdate and place
    • Catholic Sacrament dates and places (Baptism, First Confession, First Communion, Confirmation)
    • Education - dates and places
    • Residences - dates and places
    • Hospitalisations - dates and places
    • Hobbies

    2. Conducting Family Interviews

    I created a Family Group Sheet template in Evernote, and then created one for my immediate family. I filled in the information from my own knowledge.

    • My next step is to interview my Mum and check if her knowledge of dates and places for our family correlates with my own. 
    • Then I need to create a Family Group Sheet for each of my siblings' families. 
    • I have also asked my Mum to fill in Family Group Sheet for her parents and siblings. 
    Here is an example of a Family Group Sheet from the US National Archives.

      The full list of Genealogy Do-Over topics for 2018 is on Thomas MacEntee's Abundant Genealogy web site.

      © 2018. Australian Genealogy Journeys. This post was originally posted at Genealogy Do-Over is © Thomas MacEntee. 

      Friday, March 2, 2018

      Genealogy Do-Over - February 2018

      I am taking part in the Genealogy Do-Over this year. March has arrived without me having posted my February update!

      The Genealogy Do-Over tasks for February were:

      1. Establishing Base Practices and Guidelines
      2. Setting Research Goals

      1. Establishing Base Practices and Guidelines

      I read and reflected upon the base practices and guidelines of other genealogy researchers last month. For example Thomas MacEntee's The Genealogy Do-Over: My Golden Rules of Genealogy, Alona Tester's 27 Golden Rules of Genealogy, and on the FamilySearch Wiki - Principles of Family History Research and Genealogical Standards and Guidelines (National_Institute).

      I have decided to prioritise the following Base Practices and Guidelines for my own genealogy research:
      • Plan my research
      • Follow a research process
      • Work from the known to the unknown
      • Learn about the history and geography of the areas where my ancestors lived
      • Slow down. One objective at a time, one person at a time, one family at a time.
      • Keep a research log
      • Record Sources, cite correctly, give credit
      • Try to see the original document (or images of the original document) 
      • Record every detail from every record
      • Track everything - what found and what not found, correspondence etc.
      • Analyse sources, resolve any conflicts
      • Be consistent in the way I record my data.
      • Back-up my data
      • Share my research
      • Keep learning
      I also worked last month on customising my own genealogy research process/workflow using examples from other genealogists. The sections of my genealogy workflow are:

      1. Preparing
      2. Planning
      3. Researching
      4. Analysing
      5. Resolving
      6. Concluding
      7. Saving
      8. Sharing

      2. Setting Research Goals

      My initial research goals will be very simple:

      • Who were my maternal grandparents?
      • Who were my paternal grandparents?

       The full list of Genealogy Do-Over topics for 2018 is on Thomas MacEntee's Abundant Genealogy web site.

      © 2018. Australian Genealogy Journeys. This post was originally posted at  Genealogy Do-Over is © Thomas MacEntee.