Do Over, everyone should have at least one mulligan in their research….

Even an old dog…no I mean even someone as experienced as I am, no….that does not sound right either. Let’s just say that even someone with experience as a Genealogist like I do, who has given her clients her best, should not succumb themselves to the old adage,

Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. 

Because I can and I do teach.

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I have been working on the Genealogy Do Over project and though I always thought I was organized, methodical, and persistent, I was really dreaming. You see, I have been researching and collecting family information for, well let’s just say a few decades. I have boxes, files, envelopes, crates, folders and all manner of storage for paper, material objects, photographs, maps, etc. I also have digital images of documents, photographs, maps, newspapers & periodicals, etc., that I have been saving since getting my first computer with this ability.

I thought I was organized. I thought I was clearly labeling and filing in a system anyone could pick up on. There I go thinking again. I can preach it, but did I do it??

I am tenacious and passionate about tracking down my family. I write notes, take photos and scan images, I extract, transcribe and document as much as I can find. I know how to source a fact or document. I can write up a bio, explain to others who someone is and tell many of their stories, but…..and this is a big one…..I HAVE BEEN DECEIVING MYSELF in thinking I would fix my early work later, cause “fix it later” never seems to come.

So, I fessed up to myself and put a timer on my computer and have been spending time, each day, with my files; relabeling, color coding and creating better filing systems for my holdings. I read blogs and posts and decided what would work for me, and I started with my computer files. You see, my paper files are enormous and thus terrifying to tackle, I need my niece, the organizational whiz, Hannah to help me on that front. Though my minimalist daughter, KellyAnne, says I need her to help me streamline my systems.

The computer files are looking better already.  So what’s next?

I have begun a new tree with a new program, both on my desktop and one that syncs on line, at MyHeritage  I started with myself and am only keying in direct ancestors, no in laws or siblings, and with each entry I am making sure that the info is as complete and accurate as I can make it. With over 31 thousand people in my main file, the only way I can tackle this is one generation, one surname, at a time. It may, no it will, take weeks and months to do this for all these people, but Rome was not built in a day, God did rest at least one day Himself and I am only human.


About honoredgenerations

Curious by nature, passionate about family and history, I find a special calling to honor our previous generations by finding and telling their stories. Each generation leaves an impression on who we are and these lives, these unique individuals deserve to be remembered "generation unto generation".
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