HAPPY NEW YEAR!
There has been quite a bit of stir on Facebook regarding Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over.
I have had a rough 2014 and am glad to see much of it go. I haven’t really been blogging or into my genealogical research during the last half of the year. Now I am ready to get back to the passion that has kept my interest for over 20 years!
This week’s schedule has the following recommended tasks:
- Setting Previous Research Aside
- Preparing to Research
- Establishing Base Practices and Guidelines
I have started a new family tree file – from scratch and will be whittling away at it over the coming weeks. I have not gotten rid of all my previous research, but it is now only going to be used to extract vital records or other such evidence. I will not be using it for much else as I do not want to be tempted to “cheat” and take information from there without the necessary due diligence.
When I have gone back and reevaluated a particular family line in the past, I have been pleasantly surprised (and sometimes frustrated) at clues or information that I had overlooked way back when. Starting over, taking my time, will help me find even more hidden gems!
If you decide to join the Do-Over, please remember to take it slow! Quick is what results in missed information and hap-hazard tree members.
OH – and don’t think that after 13 weeks you will have your family tree back to 200 A.D. with thousands and thousands of ancestors and source citations!!
Consider this: Genealogy is very similar to the game of golf.
Happy Ancestor Hunting in 2015 and I look forward to getting back to my weekly blog posts!