Monday, August 23, 2010

Mayhem Monday

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The one thing about Monday that seems to becoming a recurring theme is.  The compilation of information found over the weekend, requires serious organizing.  With the time I dedicate to actual research over the weekend, I always seem to end up with a whole stack of data sheets or records that need to be sorted and assigned a potential value, and filed with the appropriate family group. 

I may need to eventually revise my filing setup, making allowances for different leads, of varying value.  I’m finding that the organization of my records and paper work has become one of the most import parts of the research process.  Being able to go back, and check notes on individuals and family groups can be hectic if you don’t having everything stored in an understandable format.  Especially when you find a number of records that “could possibly” be that one person your looking for, but need corroborating data. 

Then there is the matter of citing the sources, and making sure everything is accurate.  I’m learning, there is far more to this research than simply finding bits and pieces of information and slipping it into your tree.   Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, just making an observation, that is probably something everyone researching their family has made.  I’m still having more fun than I could have ever imagined.

I think I’m going to have to put some serious thought into my filing system, maybe even my whole office layout.  See if I can come up with something easy, and very inexpensive to help solve these issues.  Nothing that can’t be solved with a little ingenuity and creative organizing.

I hope everyone has a grand evening of productive research and no brick walls. 

"Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go." – Louise Driscoll via Quotations Book.

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