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Re: Organizing my Research - Help!!

:) Troy,
I'd like to add one more thing. I went to genealogy conferences, bought books, and a 4 drawer file cabinet to organize this research. Because I am also more visual than computor literate, I'd forget what title of a file I put stuff in. So I had to simplify.
I didn't understand the word 'citation'. I was playing around with a programs prompts, always afraid I would delete something important, and that did happen and figured out what a lot of those 'college words' meant. It still wasn't working. So I decided when I found something for an individual, I would type it into the note section for that person, give information of the file number where it was found, and anything else. I printed out a complete booklet for all descendents from this program and used it as a way to add new notes by writing it in this booklet in red ink or whatever was handy and then add it to the information on the computor. TMI aka Too Much Information zones folks out. For me, all I have to do is see what information I have about, ex. Dan Adams, go back to that booklet I printed out and verify. I add it into the computor information and give the date in the body as to when, where and how I found it. After making the 1st Family reunion booklet, I realize no one was in the least bit interested in reading, citations, file information or anything else. I shread the old information and start all over again. (It becomes handy when I go somewhere to do research. I don't have to worry about computor theft or access.) They just wanted to see what 'dirt' or possible money inheritance from the 'Broke Bank' that was available. So I simplified some more. I print just enough to make them curious to ask. It seems to work better because I've had cousins give me 'test questions' about information I confirmed or ask me how did I do this. I have paper trails of information and can print it out or copy what's on hand. To get them to want to know about their ancestor's and realize they were 'real people', I always refer them back to the booklet. I know what's there, they simply need to 'read the information' to understand what I did to get to this point. This is not a Movie but real life. My Family program at present is Roots 4. I bought the CD version and am still getting use to new information I can use. I won't connect it to internet programs although you can prompt it to do so. These young folks really help me to do understand stuff. AND if they are family, they get curious and start reading the information. ;) This may be mean but, I will refer people back to the library always. These are the people who taught me and if you are really interested, you will go.
Other people have asked me also to do their family research. I won't do that. I can print out a sample person in my tree who is deceased and show them from this. I also 'snail mail people with information for a specific person of interest, who I feel is a connection. It shows I am not one of those 'crazies and am only looking for family connections. I just refuse to call people out of the blue and ask them private questions. When I mail information, printing it on paper in different colors, causes an interest, when it is opened. It's not a bill. Also be sensitive as to what 'holiday' is going on. You know we all get magazines and advertisements during certain times of the year. Security, that's my motto.
Ok, I think I'm finished talking 8)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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