Today is Sunday, January 31, 2016, and it's the last day of Month 1 of the Genealogy Do-Over for 2016. The topics for this first month was 1) Set aside previous research, and 2) Prepare to research.
Another task I took care of this month, which I think falls under preparing to research was to get a handle on my inbox in Outlook. I will admit right here and now that my email box was a total and complete disaster. I must have had over 2,000 emails sitting in my inbox. A while ago, I sat down with the thought of organizing my emails, and I made up folders and subfolders for emails that I wanted to save. But still, I managed to have over 2,000 emails in my inbox.
Because of my work schedule, I don't always turn on my computer during the week. Now that I have a smartphone, I can and do (at times) check my email that way throughout the day. Doing it this way did help in I knew that whatever emails were still there were ones that I wanted to keep for one reason or another. I don't usually read the emails in depth. I just do a fast scan of the email. So what I did, was sit down to my computer and read each and ever email to determine which ones I wanted to keep and I also made up some rules within Outlook so that certain emails would automatically go into a specific folder for reading later. I soon discovered that the Rules working is really a hit or miss proposition.
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I also want to share with you the types of folders I made up, especially for my emails relating to genealogy. There are quite a few blogs that I follow via email. I also receive quite a few genealogy-related newsletters. I wanted folders for each of them.
One last thing to wrap up January 2016 is a change in my research process (there have been many since I started this do-over in January 2015). My plan is to use Evidendia, Microsoft OneNote, and Family Tree Maker for all of my research and building my family tree. I started a brand new tree in Family Tree Maker called LusbySporie Family Tree (2016), and I also started a new database in Evidentia called LusbySporie_2016.
Here is a brief outline of my original plan on how to use these three pieces of software in my research.
This is the first step for any record I find on the ancestor I'm currently working on. For any source/record I find, I create a new source to document. Then I create the citation and catalogue all the claims that I can find on that record. Once these first two things are done, I can then analyze the records and write my conclusion. My plan is to touch each record only once. So if I'm working on a census records for my grandmother, I'll also be cataloging claims for every member of that household. That way, when I move onto the next ancestor in that line, all of the claims have been entered, and I'll just have to create a new citation for that ancestor. I will be making a blog post showing step-by-step how I use this piece of software.
Initally, I was going to use OneNote as my catch-all for my research - a way to keep everything in order, and also a way to analyze all the records I find and a way to write up my conclusions in a proof report. Turns out, Evidentia is where most of this process will happen. If I then used OneNote in the same manner, I'd just be duplicating my work.
So I needed to make a change on how I was going to use OneNote in my research. Now it will be where I keep my family group sheets, write-ups on the locales where my ancestors lived, and other research I find along the way. I will also be keeping my research long here. I'll one one for each family unit. I will be making a blog post showing step-by-step on how I'll be using this software in my research.
Family Tree Maker
Right now my plan is not to put any record into my database until I have been able to prove to the best of my abilities using Evidentia and OneNote that this ancestor is my ancestor. Once I have been able to prove they are, then into FTM will go all the documents, sources, citations, proof reports, and notes. When that ancestor is complete, then I will move onto the next ancestor.
The second month of the Genealogy Do-Over starts tomorrow, and the topics for the month are:
- Establishing Base Practices and Guideline
- Setting Research Goals