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My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 13)

28 Mar

Last week it felt like I achieved quite a lot, although this might be because I had such a successful today on Saturday.

I got most of my scanned documents sorted, at least the ones that I wanted to. I still have some older ones to go back over and make sure that they are in the correct folders.

I expect to spend most of the week working on the GEERING family of Hailsham, Sussex. I have all the new material from Saturday’s trip to integrate into my research, plus some new leads to follow up on.

  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames.
  • More GEERING work. Sorting out stuff from Saturday and update my plans and to-do lists to take into account my latest discoveries.
  • I didn’t get around to creating a timeline for the GEERING family last week, so I need to try and do that this week.
  • I am hoping that the will of Ann GEERING arrives this week, this will hopefully prove the link to my GEERING ancestors in Lewes.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 9)

28 Feb

I think I am going to rename this weekly post, to reflect the fact that it is becoming more about what I have done, rather than what I want to do.

Last week was very busy with emails from people who have been reading my blog, it took the focus off of my own research, which wasn’t really a bad thing. There have been some very interesting and challenging queries raised by my readers, and it has really been very stimulating, so thank you to all of you who got in touch.

So, I didn’t get much of my own work done last week, or that is how it appeared. I did however go through some ideas about so future projects, including more pub history research. I also tried to get my head around my mental block over the BATEMAN family, and think I have an idea how I am going to get myself interested on working on the family.

  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames.
  • Create a research plan for the GEERINGs of Hailsham, Sussex. I really want to find a connection with Thomas Geering and prove the connection with “the old druggist”
  • Conduct a review of Gloucestershire sources available online and at the Society of Genealogist’s library and the London Family History Centre (to help with my BATEMAN research).
  • Create a trial “Sussex pub history profile” to see how much work is involved and how much information I can find online, the intention being to make it a weekly feature of a (new?) blog.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 8)

21 Feb

More of the same I am afraid this week. I am still struggling to find real focus in my research, and I think that is the way it will stay whilst I am sorting through my folders.

The only exception seems to be the GEERING family and the book by Thomas GEERING. His book seems to mention my ancestors, even if a connection with Thomas himself can’t be found, but I need to find more evidence to prove this.

My visit to the Pub History Society Conference has encouraged me to get more actively involved in pub history research again. I am not quite sure how this will manifest itself, I have at least one unfinished project on my shelf, and I had several ideas that I never developed, as well as several family connections.

  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames.
  • Create a research plan for the GEERINGs of Hailsham, and see what options I have for further research.
  • Make my final preparations for Who Do You Think You Are? Live next weekend.
  • Brainstorm some ideas on doing some more pub history research and getting it published (another blog?)
  • I must make a final effort to get myself interested in researching the BATEMAN family from Gloucestershire, so far they just haven’t hooked me. I think I need to take a step back and not blame the BATEMANs for not being interesting, but rather work out what is putting me off.

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.

2010 to do list – create a proper to-do list

30 Dec

Between now and the new year I will be writing about some of the things I want to achieve with my family history in 2010.

I have attempted in the past to create an all encompassing to-do list, most of these attempts have either been far too simplistic or far too complicated.

The simple ones don’t hold enough detail, so for example they don’t make it easy for me to find all the things I have to find at a particular archive. The complex ones just take too long to update, so they generally don’t get updated often enough. What I need is something that is going to capture everything, quickly and easily.

I did have the idea of borrowing some ideas from David Allen’s Getting Things Done, where I would set a goal for each individual in my database, and deciding what the next step would be on the road to achieving that, and where I would need to be to carry out that step.

I thought this may be too complicated to track, but I did wonder if I might actually be able to create custom tags in my database which would hold the information within Family Historian itself. With a few reports I might be able to create a report of what to do at various archives or for a specific family name. It may however be simpler to keep this data in a separate spreadsheet, which could be filtered in many different ways.

At the moment I have gone back to a simple text file to capture everything (rather than risk losing the thing I have to do), which is much more portable than a spreadsheet or database, but not so easy to search. It is clearly something I am going to have to think about carefully before implementing any major changes.

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