About a year ago, I decided I needed to start over again in my genealogy research. I wanted all my source citations to be accurate and consistent, and my database needed a general cleanup and reorganization.
I tried several different things that I thought would help me to get my database in tip-top shape, but in the long run, I still wasn’t pleased.
So, I sat back and tried to look at the big picture again, and I realized something: genealogy wasn’t fun anymore.
That was an eye-opener. Ever since I was first bitten by the genealogy bug back in 2003, it has been a passion. CSI in my own living room!
But, somewhere between trying to make all of my citations perfect, and that oppressive sensation of spinning my wheels and not accomplishing anything, the light almost burned out…
I’ve even considered quitting (but I can’t quite get over the thought of nearly 12 years of work, all for nothing!)
Then a few days ago I saw a Facebook post from Thomas MacEntee about his Genealogy Do-Over program. And that faint light began to flicker again.
Perhaps this program is what I need. A little guidance, a little direction, a little encouragement… maybe even some fun!
So, what are my objectives for my Genealogical Do-Over?
- Feel the passion again!
- De-stress my sources citations- accurate, complete, but without that sense of a medieval torture chamber
- Learn to create and use a research plan for each individual- Evernote vs Tiddlywiki
- Desktop or online- much as I love my desktop RootsMagic, I can’t use it with my Chromebook and I do love my Chromebook!
- Consistent naming of image and document files- I created a system years ago that works well, especially when I actually use it.
- Start blogging again- my poor little blog has been woefully neglected, too
More details on my objectives in a later post.
So, Thomas, thanks for creating this 13-wk program and… I AM READY!