Genealogy Do-Over', as proposed by Thomas MacEntee, filled my ecstatic little OCD mind with visions of checklists and office supplies (and more office supplies) and folders and sub-folders and sub-sub-folders on my hard drive. I salivated at the concept. Then I put some thought into it, and began my prep (most of which was already done, anyway, and I just had to create a virtual/cardboard box.
- located all my vital records certificates and put them away in acid-free pockets in binders
- separated out the digital versions into their own folders
- created surname folders
- made sure there were no digital photos named 'img1024.jpg' or similar
- redeemed my coupon for three months' free Evernote Premium
- thoroughly researched different softwares
Ha ha! Fooled you!
Now let's talk reality here. Here are my responses to the above checklist:
- where did I put that binder? did I remember to order the acid-free pockets...I'm sure I did...
- wow...look at that...they were both 18 when they married...now where's my link to Google Earth and I can look at the actual church...
- create surname folders...this one's easy...[phone rings...and again]...now I've ended up with three folders for the same surname...how did that happen?
- 'img4073.jpg'? you mean I have to go through 4073 photos and rename each one?
- the deadline hasn't gone past yet...phew...whaddya mean, it has?
- researched different softwares: check. But I think I'll stay with the one I know, then I can afford to keep playing games on social media...
So my Do-Over mantra is going to be: SLOW DOWN and see what you missed along the way.