First of all, thanks to Donna of What’s Past is Prologue for my 2nd BFF award! Philadelphia isn’t really that far from Texas… not for us cousins! :)
And now.. for The Games!
The 2008 Genea-Blogger Group Games will begin on Friday and I must decide which event(s) to compete in. Since the 100m Backstroke is not an official event this time around, nor are (is?) the Hurdles (hey, my great-grandmother Dovie C McBurnett had 6 husbands!), I’ll have to focus on an “approved” :( event.
As I am a bit of a perfectionist and definitely a neat-freak (I drive my kids nuts! I can spend 5 minutes at my daughter’s house and have to either leave or compulsively start cleaning. And her house is in pretty good shape to begin with!), I believe I must be genetically-predisposed to compete in, and win Category 3: Organize Your Research!
To organize my research, I first must define what will be organized:
- Physical research- my desk could stand a bit of tidying up:
A. Dell 710m laptop
B. HP 1310 Printer-Scanner-Copier
C. 2-Drawer metal file cabinet
D. Research Assistant- RaeRae
E. Comfy chair with back support
F. Nourishment- Sonic Dr Pepper, the best!
G. Emerson radio-cd player (I can’t think in a quiet room…)
H. Pens, pencils, sharpener
J. Garfield trash can with Sponge Bob basketball goal
K. A print-out of the 2008 Genea-Blogger Group Games official rules & regulations
L. 9-Generation ancestor chart
M. Fire hazard :)
N. Western Digital 160 GB external hard drive
- My filing cabinet (divided by surname):
- My digital files (the basic element is the surname folder):
- Virtual research, the bottom-line:
Specify what to research- Do I focus on a particular surname, an entire line of my family tree, one region or geographic area, or something else? Develop clear, realistic goals.
What steps I will take to achieve those goals- create a flexible research plan
Address economic concerns
And don’t forget to back-up!
It seems I have a lot of work to do! The sacrifices I must make, the sweat, the pain..The Thrill of Victory & The Agony of Defeat!
(Sorry, I had to throw in this picture of my granddaughter, winning her first T-ball trophy! :) )
ADDENDUM to Just fun and games: I ‘ll also be entering Event 2, Back Up Your Data! Organizing and Backing-up are intertwined, so why not compete in both!
ADDENDUM II: I have set up a separate blog for my competition stats