The new year is here and it is time for a fresh start. People have made resolutions to learn a new language, clean out their closets and get fit. Genealogists have made their resolutions as well. I have been reading posts about bloggers who are scanning photographs, organizing documents and taking classes to learn new skills. It all sounds ambitious and exciting.
I have been reading other blogs about a Genealogy Do Over. These bloggers are taking a fresh look at documents and other sources that they have already collected. I can see the value of this and it sounds very appealing.
Thus far I have resisted the urge to clean off my desk top and join my fellow bloggers. Why? I didn’t want to get side tracked from a goal I set for myself.
Each year The Connecticut Society of Genealogists has literary contests. I have wanted toPatrick and MargaretBrady Coyle who left Co. Cavan, Ireland and settled in New Haven County, Connecticut. I have lots of documents related to them and their children and want to share their story with a larger audience to possibly meet ‘new’ cousins and learn even more.
Along with my ten page essay I had to send along copies of my documentation. Ironically, in doing this I had to do many of the same things my fellow genealogists are doing. I had to get out my original documents, look them over with a fresh eye to insure they contain the data I wanted; scan them and organize the scans. Even though I have not joined group to get a fresh start on my research I have the same result.