29 July 2013

Need to reboot, restart or energize your genealogy research -- here are some ideas!

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Whether it’s the start of a new year or the start of summer or just the start of resuming our genealogical research, sometimes we are just stumped, frustrated and lacking the energy and sometimes the initiative to figure out “what next?”  Just like we can and need to reboot our computer, we need to do the same for our genealogy research.

I often find that for me, I need to focus on mundane (and sometimes mindless) activities for a bit – whether it’s becoming more organized, reviewing what I have in hand, what are outstanding queries, making sure my citations are all “there,” etc.  Or, I create a timeline (actually a matrix) to summarize all that is known (with when, where, who and what).  Like the first post mentioned below, I also revisit the www – my old favorite websites have been updated and there may be new ones that I need to pay attention to.  In fact, as I receive news about new websites (or major website updates), I place those links in a folder I created for just that purpose.  Then, when I have time and/or don’t know what else to do, I start visiting this collection of links.

Check out these blog posts and articles for some other ideas on how you might re-start your genealogy research!

Know of other equally helpful posts/articles?

What is your favorite way to reboot your genealogy research?

What other suggestions might you offer to someone who is “stuck and stumped?”

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1 comment:

  1. I usually pull a folder, pick an ancestor, write a RESEARCH PLAN, then follow through.

    Mary Clement Douglass
    Transcribing & publishing Kansas genealogical records