Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Am I ready for a Do-Over?


I'm not sure that I am.

So many of my genimates have enthusiastically embraced Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over activity that I feel a bit odd not rushing to join in. 

Of course with my voyeuristic tendencies I will tune in each week to see what is being suggested and I will no doubt take some of the suggestions on board. I think I will be like Jackie who in her blog post today when asking herself if she "can do it" has said "I'm not sure I can. Or if I want to do so. I may adapt and 'just' revisit my tree, One person at a time,"

I am going to keep all my precious stuff in my newly updated Family Historian Version 6 database

My policy from days gone by has been to continually evaluate my practices for whatever I do. Pauleen Cass described someting similar in her wonderful post My Three Rs of Genealogy Research: Review, Record, Revise.

So for my do-over I am going to keep puddling along reviewing work from years ago, revisiting and scanning some of the records I have stored away in folders (Mr Geniaus found some gems today that I had completely forgotten about), recording what I see with a pair of more experienced eyes and revising what I have already recorded. There are lots of Rs there!

Thanks to Pauleen Cass for permission to usse her 3R's graphic
I know my main enemies are lack of time, my inclination to practise tangential genealogy and leap into new projects without thinking things through but I'm enjoying myself.

I commend all those brave people who are lining up for the do-over - I will be following your progress on your social media.

9 comments:

Caitlin Gow said...

I'm not ready either! But there are definitely things I want to improve on in 2015.

Anonymous said...

I'm very interested but will be tuning in and following along. I've been researching for more years than Thomas and interviewed grandchildren of my double greats. Why would I want to pack it up and put it away? I'm sure I have collected way too much. There is always room for improvement.

Rosemary said...

I'm adding people to WikiTree one person at a time, reviewing what I've got. There's so many holes you could drive a truck through some of them. Some areas I haven't visited in a couple of years becaused I wandered off into something newer. It's been quite enlightening.

KerrieAnne Christian said...

Likewise - I am not ready for a total do-over, however it is always good to review and reflect - sometimes there are things you "didn't see" before, that reviewing later can reveal. And with it being WW1 Centenary - the Discovering ANZACs website released in 2014 means I will be reviewing some of my past research.

KerrieAnne Christian said...

Likewise - I am not ready for a total do-over, however it is always good to review and reflect - sometimes there are things you "didn't see" before, that reviewing later can reveal. And with it being WW1 Centenary - the Discovering ANZACs website released in 2014 means I will be reviewing some of my past research.

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Danni said...

I've been considering the genealogy do-over as well but hadn't decided whether to participate or not yet because it sounds SO overwhelming. I have a huge number of individuals in my database. Your Revisit, Record and Revise plan sounds much more tempting to me. I may have to borrow it!

ScotSue said...

It has been interesting to read of your reaction to a "Do Over" and those of other bloggers. I must admit when I first read Thomas's post, my immediate reaction was "sign me on", but on reflection I don't think I am ready for such a drastic step. I am much more in tune with Cassnmob (Pauleen's) approach of "Revisit, Record, Revise" and think I will adopt this as my motto for 2015. I have already used her strategy for one ancestor and found it a very useful and productive exercise.

Patsy Daly said...

I am just loving Thomas MacEntee's Do Over. The enthusiasm of members has blown me away. I've taken only a couple of family groups (my 2015 New Year's resolution was to review them anyway) to practice, review and tweak my research processes. For the first time I am seriously reviewing the way I do research. Learning just as much about blogging as well. And a good bit of Australian attitude doesn't go astray either.

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