More Cleanup

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....

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

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  1. Me, too! I mean, I finally worked on my own family tree Sunday, filling in from a research trip (2009, ahem) and adding sources as I went (Reunion on Mac). Doesn't it get you inspired again? Your future trip sounds exciting.

  2. What you write is true for me too ..;))
    well, I do not have a Mac..;))
    You need a lot of time and you have many different things to do not just genealogy ... so it's a good tip, you not always need to work on the genealogy of a full day, you can take short passes and there will be things done little in time.
    I wish you : Welcome to Sweden, you have good time to plan for the trip!

  3. Glad your Mac and You are doing well now. Also glad to have you in the research world again. I wish I could remember who requested I do 15 Mins a day but it was way back in 1990 to clear out the then 28 boxes of genealogy I had acquired. I am now down to 15. Of course I added a couple of boxes since then I was down to 8. I inherited from Mom 5 boxes. Hugs

  4. Good for you Elizabeth! Yes, it does inspire me! I even wrote another post today!

    Yvonne, of course it doesn't matter whether you have a Mac or not! I am trying to learn how to do it all! I can hardly wait until I finally get to Sweden. You will sure know about it. Thank you!

    Thank you Susie!We get work done, and then more builds up, that is the way of a genealogist, isn't it? Hugs to you!


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