Recently, I started building a family history database from scratch. This means I'm starting a new family tree with myself as the "home" person. No merging profiles, no uploading thousands of records from another database. The significance of this exercise is that this database/family tree will be entirely built with good sources and strong documentation. For my non-genealogy readers, that just means you aren't added to my tree until I get the documentation that proves you should be there. I am so serious about this that I didn't start building the tree until I could find my own birth certificate in order to make a proper source citation.
At this moment, I've only added my family up to my eight great-grandparents, their kids and siblings. Last night I finished adding "events" for everyone included in the 1930 census. Today I'll complete everyone in the 1920 census. Then I will go back and see which birth and death certificates I have and create a to-do list based on what else I need.
I have lots of information on my grandparents and great-grandparents. I want to make sure that I get all those details in the new database before I move on to the sixteen great-great grandparents. It gets tricky after that.
This slow, calculated process isn't for the weak of heart or patience. It takes a long time to get the citations just right. The RootsMagic software I'm using greatly eases the process, but it still requires the user to take the time to input all of the citation details.
So far, this crazy endeavor is going really well. It's a great feeling to know I have this tree that will be well-researched and not in constant need of adjustment. We all have those genealogy projects that are a complete mess. This isn't one of those and just the thought of that fact makes me happy.