I wasn't sure I could keep up with the Genealogy Do-Over when it was first announced because I thought it was going to be a weekly prompt. But I was wrong! It's monthly and here is my progress report for February.
There are 2 topics in the February list to be addressed.
1. Establishing Base Practices and Guidelines
I jumped ahead on this, I think, when I developed and posted my Golden Rules of Genealogy back in December.
However, I've also taken this opportunity to review the process I want to follow when I'm doing research. To date, my research process is haphazard and follows the "scattergun" approach - I aim broadly and hope to hit something!!
After reading lots of blogs and websites about research goals, research plans, research logs, research checklists, etc, and getting totally confused for a while, I've decided on the following terms for my own sanity:
- Research Goal - is the specific point or question I have about an ancestor that I want answered.
- Research Plan - is the steps I will follow to discover information that will hopefully answer my Research Goal
- Research Tracker - is the list of searches I undertake as part of the Research Plan, and the results of those searches
- Research Checklist - is the list attached to each individual of every possible piece of information I might find to help "flesh out" the story of that individual's life.
I've also developed and written up the steps of How I do my Genealogy Research. It may need some changes as I start to implement it, but I'll see how it goes.
2. Setting Research Goals
This will be the focus of another post in the near future, as I begin to implement my newly-identified research process.
I wanted to follow along with the Do-Over so that I could improve my research methodology - it's already working :-)