Tuesday, March 01, 2011

2011 March Organization Checklist

It's the first day of a brand new month, and time for the latest installment of Ol' Myrt's monthly organization checklist. (And you thought I'd forgotten, eh?!) HA!

The 2011 DearMYRTLE March Organization Checklist is hot of the press, and ready for your immediate review.

This month you'll tackle binders G-L (or computer folders, as ScrapyGen prefers). You'll continue attaching digitized photos and scanned documents to the appropriate ancestors in your genealogy software program  The photo at the right is of my maternal grandmother Frances Irene (Goering) Froman McDonnell, who was born 22 Aug 1905 in Chariton, Lucas, Kansas, and died 12 Jan 1974 in Renton, King, Washington.

As you attach those files, you'll begin to notice holes in your research, and I'd like you to create a "To- Do" list for later reference. Although we won't be doing research per se, Ol' Myrt here encourages you to review several online articles about analyzing your work. This month's organization checklist also includes a screen shot of the type of "To Do" lists one genealogy program can provide.

This month you are also challenged to visit your local Family History Center (FHC) and become familiar with ordering microfilm or microfiche of original court or parish records from the places where your ancestors once lived. There are screen shots of the online Family History Library Catalog.

I am continually amazed by the number of genealogists who haven't stepped foot in a FHC. That's where I've done most of my research of church records from Bisham, England and various places in what we now think of as Germany. There's nothing like ordering microfilm when it comes to saving BIG bucks over traveling to those distance places in person. The Family History Center near you might not have the microfilm  you require, but for a few dollars, you can have them order a copy for delivery within a few days or weeks, depending on your location.

No man is an island -- neither are genealogists. Please take my advice about joining with other genealogists - through local genealogy societies, GeneaWebinars (some 20 live webinars scheduled this month), GeneaBloggers BlogTalk Radio (live on Friday nights, and archived versions available 24/7) and the Second Life virtual meetings including a monthly APG Chapter meeting.

Good luck! Keep Ol' Myrt posted on your progress. 

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.