Thursday, November 17, 2011

4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing

Putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) is a daunting task for some people.  But taking the time to turn your genealogy research into something more than facts in a database can be very rewarding and beneficial to your research endeavor.

Here are four reasons you should convert your genealogy research into writing:

  1. Organize & Analyze – Writing out your genealogy research provides a means to organize your research in order to perform a thorough analysis.  In doing so, you are able to find gaps in your research (from missing records or events, to having used only secondary sources) and recognize when something doesn’t fit (a child born after a mother died, or a melding of two people into one, for example).
  2. Prove It – Once you’re satisfied with your analysis and conclusions, you can document them as proof arguments/summaries to defend your research.  Proof arguments also help you keep track of your conclusions and why you reached them in the first place.
  3. Solve Another Problem – Sometimes when you write about the research process or records you used for one person, you may realize the same strategies can be applied to solve other mysteries in your family tree.
  4. Tell a Story – Let’s face it, our non-genealogy family and friends won’t get much from a database file, family group sheet, or pedigree chart.  But putting your research in written form, with some narrative and social context…now that they can sink their teeth into.  Plus, it helps you as the researcher see your family as more than just names and dates.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Give the Gift of Family History

giftOne of the reasons I haven’t been blogging much over here is because I’ve been working on some gift projects for the upcoming holiday season.  And I’ve been having way too much fun with my Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner (I received the product as part of my commitment to the Simple Gifts Blog Hop).

Part of this Simple Gifts gig is to write about simple gifts that you can make while using your Flip-Pal scanner.  I just finished writing a post about creating a digital scrapbook and thought it would be nice to share it with the readers of this blog:  Flip-Pal™ Simple Gifts Blog Hop – Digital Scrapbook.

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