Elizabeth O’Neal has delivered a most timely topic for the April Genealogy Blog Party: Staying at Home.
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How are we making use of this newfound and unexpected time that we are sheltered at home?
Elizabeth has suggested a wide range of topics:
- New ancestors you’ve added to your tree
- Breakthroughs in your DNA research
- New-to-you databases, research tools, and websites you’ve tried
- Projects that you now have time to work on (scanning, writing, crafts, etc.)
- Books you are reading
- Webinars you’ve attended
- How your groups are transitioning from in-person to virtual meetings
- Tips for maintaining focus and staying on task
I had no trouble at all deciding how I was going to spend my stay-safe-at-home time (aside from the fact that my yard has barely a weed to be found anywhere. :))
My impetus for my project was Janine Adams’ 30 x 30 challenge on Organize Your Family History. I often join her challenges because they help me keep on track.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may be familiar with my massive renaming and reattaching images in my RootsMagic 7 software. A couple of years ago, I purposely stripped all the links out of the program so I would be forced to re-do them all.
I’ve made several attempts at diving into this project, which, honestly, is quite boring. Mind numbingly boring, as I’ve described it. This project has even made a couple of my New Year’s goal lists for 2019 and 2020. I’d love to strike it off the 2021 list of resolutions!
First, it took me a few false starts to determine the pattern I wanted to use to name the images. I finally decided on one and I’m very happy with it. I want those after me to be able to easily locate what they’re looking for and this works well:
I also decided that now was the time to really focus on getting this job done. Being at home with no outside commitments presented a perfect opportunity for me, as I would have few excuses to put it aside. I began at the start of March and by the end of the month, I had finished all the surnames through the letter K. Today. I have finished all the alphabet letters, save for a handful of surnames.
After 5+ weeks of working all day every day on this project – for 6-7 hours daily – this job is down to being manageable!
Yes, I’ve made terrific progress, but if you think that I’m almost finished – not quite!
Today, I am adding a few odds and ends to RootsMagic 7 covering some findings that for whatever reason never got entered.
Beginning tomorrow, I will be on the home stretch with just five surnames left, but they are the biggest files in my family tree.
First, I will tackle the Williams people, which encompass a 20 year project sorting out over 100 years of family members. I am estimating 5 days to finish with the Williams clan.
That leaves four surnames that begin with S and the files are massive. My maiden name is Sabo, married name is Stufflebean, my mother-in-law’s maiden name was Sturgell, and my paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Scerbak. I have prolific digital files for all of those names.
Oh, did I mention that I have 15, 000+ images?
That’s okay, though, because my appetite to finish this project has definitely been whetted and I’ve made huge progress after putting this off for a couple of years.
My “finish up” plan is to work in this order:
My goal is to be finished by summer, but we shall see. The Sabo and Stufflebean files are massive. Hey, if I don’t finish by 20 June, I will have something to keep me busy during the Tucson summer. 🙂
4 thoughts on “Staying Home: The April Genealogy Blog Party”
If I wasn’t working from home, I’d be doing more…but I have been taking part in the 14 day Research Like a Pro mini-challenge 🙂 I’m still writing up my final report…
A worthwhile project for this period of sheltering at home. Mine, as you know, is to participate in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. Not only does it help me get photos scanned and stored, but writing about fond memories from childhood is soothing at a difficult time. I have no doubt you will be able to finish your project by summer. Best of luck and stay safe and well.
Wow ambitious but also very worthwhile plans. 15,000 images? Impressive. Have a good time and stay safe.
I’m so impressed! Good luck finishing up your ambitious undertaking. And stay well.