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 https://ausgenjourneys.blogspot.com/2018/03/genealogy-do-over-february-2018.html.  Genealogy Do-Over is © Thomas MacEntee. 

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