Like many others I have found that the organisation can take over the whole process.
So here is my plan of action.
- I am starting a tree from scratch putting in the family I know.
- Then I will add the information from close family.
- The documents that I have for these individuals comes next.
- Then to set up research goals in a log.
- Using a research log is my biggest challenge.
- If I know when and where I found a record that I already have, I will document it in my research log, to avoid having to repeat the work.
- Certificates and digital images are dated and I started to date the notes from research trips.
- Some of the early stage work which cannot be reproduced like family interviews I will have to give an approximate date.
- I have finally decided on a system that I hope will work but I have changed the way I am going to implement the system.
- Create the files as I add the information to the tree.
- Import the things I need to into the new system and discard the duplicate (but only when I am sure that I have a backup).
- Back up the new tree as I build.
I have decided on a system that will help with citations. Digital images will be stored based on their provenance. I hope to have everything in a digital format as physical items can be photographed if not scanned. My physical archive will consist of originals and anything I want as a physical backup. This should eventually reduce the amount of storage space needed.
Online and local backup of everything is essential and how I do this will need to be reviewed regularly.