Saturday, 17 January 2015

Not really doing a genealogy do-over

Okay, so I guess I am not really participating in the Genealogy Do-Over (GDO) as such. Yes, I have put aside all my previous research and I will be rebuilding my tree from (almost) scratch, but I started my do-over late last year and do I really want to start a do-over of my do-over? Prolly not. Instead, i will be using the GDO posts as a guide for my own thang and I will continue to plod along in my own way.

One of the realisations I made when I decided to start again was that I really didn't know as much as I thought I knew. I knew I didn't know very much and I felt that some of the things I was doing weren't quite right - I just didn't know how much I didn't know. So I set about educating myself on, if not the right way, a better way of doing my genealogy research. I have been unhappy with various aspects of the different genealogy programs I have used, especially when some things that just felt natural to me were so awkward to do in the software. After reading a few good books and trawling various blogs and other online resources I now feel more comfortable about my level of knowledge.

Am I ready to dive in and start researching again? Not quite. I am still uncomfortable with the software situation. (Here is where I went off on a long rant about genealogical software, which will become its own blog post...) Unfortunately I am somewhat of a procrastinator[*] - I know I really should get cracking and start writing my software, but I keep putting it off or getting distracted by shiny things elsewhere.

Anyway, I will be following the GDO material that various bloggers are posting, but I'll be doing my own do-over in my own plodding way. 8^)

[*] I am so much of a procrastinator that I am thinking of starting a procrastination blog or support group - I'll get started on that tomorrow... ;^)

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