It has been an incredibly busy January and somehow this blog was put on the back burner. I did, however, think about my genealogy goals for last year. One of those goals was to organize all the documents that I have for my various lines. As I previously blogged, I decided that the best way for me to do that was to use the loose leaf notebook method. Each line has its own color-coded notebook, which is divided into sections for each person. The first document in each notebook is a chart that contains the ancestors who are in the notebook. After some experimentation, I decided to start with the most recent ancestor and work my way back.
Having gotten those lines done, I then turned to the collateral lines: I completed the Cochrane line and most of the Mears. I am now working the Newells.
This procedure was not with some problems. One of the problems that I ran into while looking for a particular record was getting distracted and going off in another direction. I found some interesting information while doing that, but it certainly did slow the process down. Another problem was ending up reading all the information I had. That was a plus and a minus. I learned more, but got slowed down.
So what is up for this year? I want to get the rest of the lines organized. I also have a very, very large number of pictures. I want to go through them and decide which ones to keep, which ones to scan, and which to discard. Tune in next year and see how I did.