Friday, January 22, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: Week 3

Below is task #3 in the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy challenge. I originally wrote this one so people wouldn't forget their own lives and accomplishments because they were so busy documenting the history of others. If your own personal history page is pretty blank, don't worry. Mine is as well. Now it's time to change that.

Assess yourself!
You’re great at researching everyone else’s history, but how much of your own have you recorded? Do an assessment of your personal records and timeline events to ensure your own life is as well-documented as that of your ancestors. If you have a genealogy blog, write about the status of your own research and steps you may take to fill gaps and document your own life.

This task is so incredibly easy for me, and that's not a good thing. In both my private tree and my lovely all-sourced RootsMagic database, I am the home person. I've used my birth certificate as proof of my existence, but all the little details are missing.

Since I really have nothing to assess for this task, I've decided to add some of my own life details to my database. RootsMagic 4 has a "personal knowledge" source template, and I feel comfortable following that format when I connect sources with facts.

In the coming week (post-Mesa), I will get my own history at least in a timeline. Someday, many generations down the road, someone will be glad I did.

1 comment:

  1. I've been adding a few things about myself,but it feels like bragging (which we are taught not to do). I keep thinking about how happy I am that my grandmother kept all kinds of records and letters from the early 1900's on, that tell about what was happening in our family.