Sometimes, we need a do-over. I have realized that in genealogy, this feeling may come often or after researching one’s own family and forgetting to document. After taking several genealogical courses and learning about proper citation and documentation, I took it upon myself to start fresh.
After researching my family for over 5 years, I have decided to start all the way over. I still have my completed tree with everyone, but I decided to rebuild both my biological family and my adoptive family tree only using real records, and very little family tree hints. My goal is to have these two new trees represent my true paper trail of my ancestors. I want to have proof of my relations to my ancestors, and it will come in handy when applying to legacy societies, like the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) or others.
I have come to terms with the fact that it is very important to cite all sources and document your research. There are times when I have caught myself repeating the same research I had done, or tried to do, previously. This happened because I didn’t keep a record or log of my research. I have since learned from my mistakes, and while I will likely duplicate a lot of my previously done research, this time I will log everything.
My go to web service is Ancestry. It is easy to manage multiple trees, and save all records. At the same time, I do know that I need to keep an ancestral chart on paper and store within my files. Genealogy is similar to banking. You have access to your information online, but you also keep your information