As a youth I sometimes acted impulsively (nearly always with later regrets) but in maturity I've learned to accept the impulse as a reaction or a thought and let it rest in my mind while I think and mull over the situation rationally before acting on the impulse. I've done that with this Do-Over. Calm thought has not removed the frenzied feeling or the hives. So I've decided not to participate in the Genealogy Do-Over. I can't do it. I can't start from scratch with an empty pedigree chart.
However, I think I can be a Do-Better participant (or, as some call it, "Go-Over." Yes, there are improvements I can make.
- Some already-obtained documents need careful scrutiny, transcription, and evaluation.
- Instead of letting documents stack up I need to file them, even if I don't have time to do any more than that at the moment. (And record their receipt in the appropriate research log.)
- There are some documents that I acquired early on that seemed to reveal little at the time, but after having done more research about individuals and families may give helpful information to further research.
- Pay closer attention to my "to do" lists for family history.
- Plan when to do genealogy activities (research, recording, etc.) instead of just letting things happen whenever I get around to them.
- Be more attentive to recording search results in my research logs.
- Learn to use Evernote and/or One Note.
- And more.
I'm certain I'll learn more ways I can improve in the future as I follow along with what others are doing as they participate. I'll be following the Genealogy Do-Over Facebook Group and reading Thomas's posts at Genealogy Do-Over Resource Page at bagtheweb.com.
How about you? Are you going to set your research aside and start from scratch?
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