I have to admit it. It has been much to long since I have done any research. It has been so long, I hate to admit how long it has been.
My biggest dilemma is always time. I had such great visions of redoing my tree so it was sourced properly and entered properly. I almost had one line completed when I went and bought a MAC. No regrets there, I am happy with my Mac. I then of course needed to learn and play with the MAC. I also became an officer this year with my genealogy society, which has taken quite a bit of my spare time. Needless to say, my own research has not been touched. Actually, it was LONG before all this took place since I had touched research for my personal genealogy.
Ok, no more excuses! I am back at it! This afternoon I spent some time on my tree, and oh boy did it feel good! It wasn't as long as I would have liked, but it was a start. I wanted to make sure I had a couple birthdays and death dates logged in my tree, and it turned out I did. What I ran across that distracted my attention to the actual tree, was that I had two files for several surnames in a couple of different areas on my computer. I am sure this developed somehow after I changed over to my MAC.
I was also certain that both files had the same information in them, but I still needed to go through the daunting task of looking at everything and making sure they both had the same information. Luckily I did this as I found what I will call the "second file" had additional information! The two files were NOT copies of one another in any of the file cases. I went through everyone and now have, once again, one legit file as it should be for each surname. I dreaded doing this, but realizing the second file had additional information, I was energized to make sure the files merged and became one, without loosing any information.
I also went through my photos and made sure they are in the correct area. I want them exactly where I will always want them, so if I link them in my tree I will not loose that if I change the location of the photo. The photos are generally in the correct area, and I think as I work through each line in my tree I will also work on the photos for that line to really make sure they are in place.
I read something somewhere a couple days ago that reminded me, even if you only take 15 minutes a day to work on your genealogy, that 15 minutes will add up over time, and it is better then not working on it at all. I am going to try to add a half hour a day ~ 15 minutes updating my tree, and 15 minutes on my files for how ever long I need to, in order to get them where I want them. I trashed so many files today, it isn't even funny. I am afraid of emptying the trash yet though, in fear I trashed anything I shouldn't.
It hasn't been a year since I have had my MAC yet, but I have found there has been cleaning up to do since I have had it. I would rather do that now, than wait another 5 years and really have a mess like I did last time.
I can hardly wait until I can Share with you that I finally have ONE of my family lines complete, sourced, and as perfect as I know how to get it in my tree. The line is my Swedish line. It was chosen as the first because I still plan on going to Sweden, and it looks now as if it will be Sept. 2013! But more on that later....
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