Ahhhh, Thank you Thomas for giving us an optional week!
So the topics for this week are, essentially, to look at project management options and search tracking options. Thomas gives some great templates and has linked to at least one free project management e-book in the Facebook group. I bought that and will read it. Errrrr… eventually.
But it’s an optional week, as not everyone will want or need to do these things. I am working on a research log but I don’t think I’ll be tracking my searches all that much. And even if I do, I think I won’t be figuring out how to do that until I get back to researching. So a lot of the information coming at me for this subject is getting filed away into the back of my brain and will likely be re-examined later.
So what have I been up to this week?
Well, to start with there’s been the 10-hour days at my job, my mother coming over needing help with her projects and computer questions, the crafting projects with deadlines, making dinner and attempting to keep on top of household things…and failing. I was eating my lunch from a mixing bowl before finally making time to run a load of dishes. Thank goodness for my husband who took the trash out and got some laundry done.
Oh, you meant Genealogical speaking, what have I been up to?
Right. Well in that case. Last week I created an interview questionnaire that covers the basics of a family tree and contacted two of my Aunts to see if they would be willing to be interviewed and set up dates. I then road-tested the interview on my mother while she was over –and a captive audience- and made some revisions to the interview based on that. I actually learned quite a few things interviewing my mom, so that was very worthwhile, even if it did mean I got virtually nothing else done that day.
I went through and made “interview packets” so that I’m ready to go for this weekend’s interviews. They include the introduction which explains what I’m doing and asks permission to record, the questions, a pedigree chart, and several family group sheets to make it easier to take notes. I’m really excited about it. Next task on that is to create a “childhood memories” interview for round two of interviewing.
I’m continuing to log existing records into my Access database and have made a few modifications based on Thomas’s research log. Which, naturally, means I need to revisit most everything I’ve already entered. *heavy sigh* It will be worth it in the long run, just tedious.
I’ve received a couple of BSO’s (Bright Shiny Object) in the mail; one is the death record for my Great-Uncle who died at the age of seven. I immediately went online and printed out the form to get his birth record, filled it out, and then realized I was getting ahead of myself put the whole thing on my to-do list. I’m learning! Slowly. The other BSO arrived last night, my husband’s Grandfather’s military file! He was in the US Navy so the records survived the infamous 1970’s fire. I have flipped through it, found some gems in the first look but will try not to get tied up with it for now.
I’m also impatiently waiting for my Aunt’s DNA to finish processing at Ancestry.com. And I emailed back a DNA connection on my paternal line (yeah, I know, that’s the line I’m doing over, but I didn’t want her to think I’ve lost interest). The lead is solid and I hope to source it out and if I can, I will go another generation back on a surname I thought would never be cracked!
So as you can see, even though it’s been an optional week in the Do-Over program, I haven’t been idle.