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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Genealogy Do-Over: Week 1 Myrt's Quasi-Do-Over Plan

Thanks to +Thomas MacEntee for inspiring us with his 13 week Genealogy Do-Over. I've been following posts in the GDO Facebook page  and note that Thomas appears in the first 20 minutes or so of Mondays with Myrt yesterday to explain more about what the Genealogy Do-Over entails. It is there that we shared the following Genealogy Do-Over links:

  • I'm going to do a quasi-Genealogy Do-Over.  Since June 2014, I've been working one family at a time in my genealogy management program. I created a new database, adding only myself and my father. I then added his parents and siblings and have been working hard to pull together all of my scanned images, online tree (, FamilySearch, MyHeritage) discoveries and paper files in one place.
  • Regarding backing up, I use Dropbox for everything, and have activated this cloud storage service with the program on both my laptop and my desktop computer. I particularly like that all files are fully accessible from any computer. If I travel without my computers, I can login to my account on any other computer to access my files. Dropbox files are not compressed, as in a backup service, and therefore do not need to be "restored." Updating my laptop with my desktop data is as easy as turning on the laptop with internet access and stepping away for a bit so Dropbox can automatically sync a copy of my desktop computer files to my laptop's hard drive.
  • I am following the Genealogy Do-Over Golden Rules
The OFFICIAL Genealogy Do-Over - Week 1: 2-8 January 2015 | GeneaBloggers Topics: 1) Setting Previous Research Aside, 2) Preparing to Research, and 3) Establishing Base Practices and Guidelines.

Rather than set aside all previous research, I'm working through my first two generations, where I've known the individuals per my quasi-Genealogy Do-Over comment above.

I've installed Folder Marker (the software to color code computer folders) and cleaned up my maiden name folder. This is phenominal, since everything used to be thrown into that folder.

There will be a SURNAME folder, with sub-folders for each generation in that direct line. In the sample below, you are looking at the contents of the PLAYER surname folder, where:
  • Each sub-folder bears the name of the couple through which I descend. 
  • A wife's maiden name is indicated. There are no birth or death dates listed because for many earlier generations, that information has to be construed from multiple, sometimes conflicting sources.
  • Any documentation relating to a woman's childhood prior to the marriage would be in the appropriate surname (maiden) name folder elsewhere on my hard drive, where she, is for instance, listed as a child in her parents' household on a census record.
  • The folders are colored RED if I haven't finished working on what I've collected digitally. 
  • Once each item within a folder is attached to the appropriate ancestor, the folder to changed to GREEN. 
  • Any future scans of photos and documents will be added one at a time when attaching to the appropriate ancestor in my genealogy software program, so my folder will continue to be worthy of the GREEN status.
A look at my PLAYER Surname folder:

2011 Salt Lake City Cemetery (I have tombstone photos to sort into appropriate folders.)
PLAYER_Alma_Mary Elizabeth Wright
PLAYER_Charles_Betsey Oades
PLAYER_Shirl_Myrtle Weiser
PLAYER_William Warner_Zillah Saunders
PLAYER_Z_Unknown (for those with the PLAYER surname in the same locality and time period where I have not yet determined relationships if any.)

IMAGE: Sample contents of the PLAYER surname folder, with
author's direct line couples indicated.

  • Each SPOUSE has her own folder including photos taken during the marriage, the marriage certificate, death certificate and such. 
  • As I complete work in each folder, the folder color is changed to GREEN.  
  • SIBLINGS have their own folders as a sub-folder of the PLAYER_Glen Siblings folder.

PLAYER_Glen Z Unsorted Files (in the image above) is where I place all the scanned images I collect, but have not yet renamed and attached to Glen Player. You can probably construe my naming system here.

PLAYER_Glen 1926 about 8
PLAYER_Glen 1942 UOregon Med School
PLAYER_Glen 1943 Army ID A
PLAYER_Glen 1943 Army ID A
PLAYER_Glen 1943 Army WWII uniform
PLAYER_Glen 1985 with Zelda

This is my report.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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