26 January 2015

Genealogy Do Over Week 4 – Part One

This week’s prompt is managing projects and tasks, and tracking searches and until I sat down to write it, I thought I was on top of things. I plan well and I know how to use my day planner and understand its necessity. But seriously, let’s be honest.  

I sit down and I start a search and one thing leads to another and pretty soon there went the entire afternoon and even worse sometimes I get so sidetracked. Like earlier today. I went to Ancestry.com to confirm some information about Aunt Jo, who I wrote about in my MatrilinealMonday. A few clicks later I was looking at her husband in the 1930 census. At age 8 then he was in the St. John’s Male Orphan Asylum in Philadelphia.  

I read Anne Faulkner’s Ancestor Archeology today and she is absolutely right about slowing down and doing things right. Genealogy should be about quality and not necessarily about quantity.   

So tonight I am posting this, shutting down the laptop, watching Sons of Liberty on the History Channel and in the morning I will re-focus. I know, as I said before, what to do and how to do it but it is so hard not to get sidetracked. That is the goal I must work on. It is my personal … demon! 

Looking back:
Week 3 -  tracking research and conducting research
Genealogy Do Over has Done Me In
Week 2 - set research goals, self interviews, and family interviews
Week 1

Genealogy Do-Over is a 13 week challenge from Thomas MacEntee, of GeneaBloggers.  
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
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