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My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 18)

2 May

I failed to achieve most of what I set out to do last week. I haven’t got in touch with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain about my GEERINGs and I didn’t create an “exit strategy” for my GEERING research either.

However, I don’t feel too disappointed because I got quite a bit of organising done on my hard drive. I was supposed to have been coming up with a schedule for sorting my files and folders, but instead I just dived straight in and got on with it.

I made quite a pleasing dent in the list of folders to sort and I am going to continue this week. I do have a sort of plan and would like to get my hard drive organisation completed by the end of May. I don’t see myself doing any new research this week, only dealing with stuff I already have.

  • Go through a dozen folders on my hard drive and sort out the contents, updating Family Historian and adding stuff to my to-do list.
  • Contact the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain about my GEERINGs to see if they might have some records for my research.
  • Define an “exit strategy” for my GEERING research, deciding how much more work I want to do on the family before moving on.
  • I didn’t get around to tidying up my computer desk and the spare bedroom, so I must to that this week.

A backup wake-up call

30 Jan

Last night I received a nasty reminder from my computer on the importance of having a good backup.

It was around 10 o’clock and I had just finished working on my family history for the night and started my nightly backup routine. I synchronised my family history files to my USB flash drive, my grab and run emergency backup (and netbook synchroniser).

I started the synchronisation to my external hard drive and was met with a couple of error messages, to the effect that the external hard drive didn’t exist. Surely there must be some mistake, I thought, it had probably been assigned the wrong drive letter.

I opened Windows Explorer and there it was, with the correct drive letter and it looked like all the folders were there. As I drilled down I found each folder was in fact empty. All my files had gone.

I stopped and thought about it, this was my backup, I still had the original files on my PC and my USB flash drive. There were a few non-genealogy files lost that didn’t really matter, but the external hard drive stores all my digital photos. Fortunately they are all backed up on DVD and stored off-site, so I hadn’t lost anything important, it would just be annoying to have to replace the external hard drive and start again.

But something still didn’t seem right, surely the files couldn’t just disappear and leave the folders where they are, that didn’t sound like hard drive failure? The more I thought about it the more it didn’t seem right. Something told my they were still there but I couldn’t see them.

So I did the most obvious thing and rebooted my PC. Of course when the system came back up all the files were there present and correct. I ran my backups successfully and shut the system down.

Does this mean my external hard drive is on the way out or is my PC getting it’s USB connections confused? I don’t know, but it sure made me stop and think. I would consider my backup regime pretty good, but those few minutes of lost data really made me wonder if it would all work if I had to restore my files.

Not only am I going to give my external hard drive a thorough going over, I am going to review what is actual stored on it. I shall probably burn a couple more copies of my digital photos and hide them away somewhere else. Truth is I can probably delete a load of those photos, just because I have the space to store them isn’t an excuse for not going through and deleting the rubbish.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 3)

17 Jan

I have the feeling that I am achieving very little with my family history at the moment, and I am not really sure why. It could be because a large part of my time is spent looking for work, but I think there is another reason.

I am feeling rather unorganised at the moment. I don’t seem to have a clear idea of what I want to do with my genealogy, well that is not exactly true, I know what I want to achieve and know what I need to do to achieve it. The problem seems to be knowing where to start first.

It seems that everything I do creates more and more potential work for me, I knew a detailed look at the 1911 census would raise more questions, but the recently arrived birth, marriage and death certificates have also provided more questions than answers.

This week I need to sit down and get myself organised. I need to decide what are my main priorities and what I need to do to get as many loose ends tied up as possible, even if that just means recording what I want to do next and creating a big to do list.

  • I need to try and stop researching for a week and just focus on what I already have.
  • Create a simple to-do list and record everything I need or want to do for all my ancestors who are currently shouting for my attention.
  • Start working on my digital files, making sure everything is organised and entered into my Family Historian software.
  • Decide what my priorities are for my research and make sure nothing else is going to get in my way from achieving them.

Unless anyone releases any new databases online I should be able to avoid the distractions this week. The only other thing that might get in the way is a copy of the will of Mercy TROWER, that might arrive this week.

My stuff to sort folder is empty

9 Dec

Time to rejoice and celebrate! My stuff to sort folder has finally been sorted. Hurrah!

This mean that all my notes are now on computer in one form or another and subsequently being backed up.

Also all my original documents, such as birth, marriage and death certificates, which I am not throwing away have been scanned and are being safely backed up to.

It was back on the August 2009 that I first decided that I needed to get my filing sorted out. Nearly four months later I have finished sorting the paper side of things.

Now I need to start on my hard drive. A directory of folders on my hard drive is nowhere near as daunting as a physical folder of paper, and to be honest there is no rush to my digital folders organised.

They are not going to get lost or destroyed (famous last words) and they are not going to get in the way because they don’t take up too much space.

There are however two things I would like to do now in terms of organising:

  1. I need to come up with some standardisation for my file and folder names, and stick to it.
  2. Go through my Reference Material folder and see if there is anything I actually need to keep in there. I suspect not.

Weekly Genealogy Preview (for week 41)

4 Oct

Last week was an interesting week, some organising and some research, a trip to the East Sussex Record Office provided me with more material to organise and I am pleased to say that it was all input into the relevant spreadsheets and Family Historian in a timely manner.

  • Top of the list is to get my blogroll updated, it has been too many weeks on my to do list.
  • I need to continue working on my stuff to sort folder, the contents are getting less and less each week, but there is still too much left to sort out.
  • I need to go through the last of my twelve 4x great grandparents and put together a plan to identify each of them.
  • As well as the missing twelve 4x great grandparents, there are five 4x great grandmothers who have no maiden name yet, I need to put a plan together to find their maiden names as well.
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