Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

First of all, thanks to Donna of What’s Past is Prologue for my 2nd BFF award! Philadelphia isn’t really that far from Texas… not for us cousins! 🙂

And now.. for The Games!

The 2008 Genea-Blogger Group Games will begin on Friday and I must decide which event(s) to compete in. Since the 100m Backstroke is not an official event this time around, nor are (is?) the Hurdles (hey, my great-grandmother Dovie C McBurnett had 6 husbands!), I’ll have to focus on an “approved”  😦 event.

As I am a bit of a perfectionist and definitely a neat-freak (I drive my kids nuts! I can spend 5 minutes at my daughter’s house and have to either leave or compulsively start cleaning. And her house is in pretty good shape to begin with!), I believe I must be genetically-predisposed to compete in, and win Category 3: Organize Your Research!

To organize my research, I first must define what will be organized:

  • Physical research- my desk could stand a bit of tidying up:

A. Dell 710m laptop

B. HP 1310 Printer-Scanner-Copier

C. 2-Drawer metal file cabinet

D. Research Assistant- RaeRae

E. Comfy chair with back support

F. Nourishment- Sonic Dr Pepper, the best!

G. Emerson radio-cd player (I can’t think in a quiet room…)

H. Pens, pencils, sharpener

I. Calculator

J. Garfield trash can with Sponge Bob basketball goal

K. A print-out of the 2008 Genea-Blogger Group Games official rules & regulations

L. 9-Generation ancestor chart

M. Fire hazard 🙂

N. Western Digital 160 GB external hard drive

  • My filing cabinet (divided by surname):

  • My digital files (the basic element is the surname folder):

  • Virtual research, the bottom-line:

Specify what to research- Do I focus on a particular surname, an entire line of my family tree, one region or geographic area, or something else? Develop clear, realistic goals.

What steps I will take to achieve those goals- create a flexible research plan

Address economic concerns

And don’t forget to back-up!

It seems I have a lot of work to do! The sacrifices I must make, the sweat, the pain..The Thrill of Victory & The Agony of Defeat!

(Sorry, I had to throw in this picture of my granddaughter, winning her first T-ball trophy! 🙂 )

ADDENDUM to Just fun and games: I ‘ll also be entering Event 2, Back Up Your Data! Organizing and Backing-up are intertwined, so why not compete in both!
ADDENDUM II: I have set up a separate blog for my competition stats



2 thoughts on “Just fun and games

  1. djpoint says:

    I like how you labeled the photo! Hmm, if only I had a Research Assistant I could fill in that 9-generation chart too.


  2. onepointintime says:

    Great post! Interesting to know where you do your great genealogy writing! (I guess I’m a little nosy. :))

    But you should see MY computer space! I have a desk, but it’s upstairs and unused, mostly because there’s no room for it in the den where I spend most of my time. So I keep the computer monitor on top of a small pressed wood cabinet which has slots for papers, and it is on top of a large coffee table. Side of couch up against coffee table, have the keyboard on couch arm along with mouse while speakers are on edge of table. My research papers are kept solely in a large blue and black expanding file which can be found in various places of the room from time to time (I suppose I haven’t accumulated as many papers as you have yet, although I am planning to dig up a file cabinet from the basement–someday :)).

    Trash bin with basketball goal…? Sounds exactly like what I do with rolled-up tissues from across the room! 🙂


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