This is why I am taking this class, I want to do everything genealogically correct. Discussion included organization, standards and guidelines, and how to research.
I have worked hard over the years to be organized, and have redone my files and methods a few times. I discovered Saturday that how I am currently organized will eventually burden me with tons of paper duplication.........ho hum.....here we go again!
The instructor actually gave me kudos though on my current organization method! I would not need to change my basic system. I was so thrilled thinking I didn't have to go through a whole reorganization process again! I am pretty proud of myself for being as organized as I am! (Saves me on some homework too!) My computer files are set up the same as my paper files, so again no need to change that either.
I have run across the issue of paper duplication so understood this could be a real problem. Luckily, the teacher made this an easy fix for me, as I can adapt how I file my records without changing my system. I can also adapt my records accordingly on my computer, simple enough.
When discussing the Genealogical Standards and Guidelines, I found many were basic common sense. We didn't cover all the standards and guidelines I am sure but what we did cover was a great beginning! This class is all about sound practices and research, just what I am looking for.
I am embarrassed to say, most of my research has consisted of using the Internet. Over the years I have been collecting information from family and newly discovered family members. I have also spent numerous hours scanning, transcribing and organizing along the way. I have taken several online courses but have mostly been a "learn as I go" type of person. I was ready for more structure; hence this class.
Tonight has already changed all of that. Part of our homework assignment consists of traveling to the library and finding answers to a variety of questions the instructor posted. Problem solving involving research in many different types of records. I knew this would be tough for me. I spent two hours exploring the library's holdings and tried to act as though I were experienced and knew what I was doing. There are just way to many books in that building!
In the end I was able to accomplish maybe half of my assignment, the toughest ones are still ahead. I am more than thrilled to learn how to use the library for my research, I KNOW in the future this will be such a benefit. The best part of my library experience was realizing several answers to these questions could have been found on the Internet, but I was learning to find the answers in the library! It is sad to think with our advanced computer age, we can get so behind in the real world. I can't wait until I feel accomplished enough to go into a library and REALLY know how to research. Practice, practice, practice!
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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!