This is week five of my family history course and I would be hard pressed to tell you half of what I have learned.
Pedigree charts and family charts are great for getting started as well as keeping up. This week it has been suggested to create a time line for the person of interest.
Wow and I mean wow! I spent the day transferring as much as I knew about William Charles HARVEY, as well as any other information contained in the documents. I carefully added the references (I was becoming a bit overwhelmed with references) and transcribed the detail wherever possible. I added a column for clues and inserted a hint where something must have happened before, after or between the documents.
Lastly I wrote the results into my Family History Workbook and when I was finished I had uncovered and/or documented ten more clues. That’s right, ten more clues.
I am a happy researcher.
I spent the afternoon writing everything I could think of that I knew about the HARVEY family. This is the branch I have decided to investigate.
I have purchased an A4 exercise book to keep a written record before anything is entered into the computer. Eek that’s right – pen and paper, that is so 20th century. I rarely use this method because I like everything at the tip of my fingers, or available in my ubiquitous phone.
I have, however, learned a lesson about losing information to obsolete technology. In this case my back up of last resort is the faithful pen and paper.
Providing it is stored properly it could even survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
For a host of reasons I won’t bore you with, I have decided to throw my current family history research out (figuratively and not so figuratively ). And START AGAIN.
The software I was using is now obsolete, and I have to use some legacy software to retrieve it. I have downloaded digital images of nearly all the information I have found so far and I am able to reference all my data.
Beginning at the beginning is easier than trying to backstep especially now that I know how to properly reference.
There is never anything wrong with rechecking my findings so off I go.
A rhetorical question: Can one have too many blogs?
For some years I have been amassing information about my family history. I have reached a critical mass – that is, the amount of I formation I have is too great to be understood in a single, two dimensional array.
University of Tasmania to the rescue. I have enrolled in a unit, Introduction to Family History. It requires some reflective journalling, so here I am.