Reviewing the Genealogy Do-Over Journey

Reviewing the Journey

Although I did not end up with a complete Do-Over, like I originally planned, I am extremely happy with what I have learned and the tools provided.  There is so much more I have to do to improve what I have, but I now have a better foundation. I will keep an eye on the Genealogy Do-Over cycle 2 and am sure I will continue to learn more.

I found that a Do-Over is not doable in a 13 week time frame, but what I got out of it is immeasurable. Here’s just an example of what I got out of this group:

  • The research spreadsheet that Thomas provided  works perfectly for me. It can be used over and over for each person or family. It includes definitions (when you have to be refreshed), it includes example source citations.  I have customized it to better fit my needs by:
    • adding drop down boxes
    • adding a sheet code (e.g Vincent Morris Family has been named VM Vincent Morris Family). The first entry will be VM01. I can then place this in front of my source so I know where to look for the original and know that I’ve already done the research.
    • adding many new source citation examples by using  Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
  • I’ve learned how to more accurately use source citations and the importance of sourcing your work.
  • By going through my old records, I’ve found things I missed or forgot.
  • I’ve become more organized.
  • I’ve learned to set research goals.
  • I’ve opened communication with previously unknown relatives.
  • I’ve built an online Research Toolbox (with the help of Thomas,  by starting with the one he provided).  I continue to add content to my Toolbox including state resources.
  • I’ve learned how to evaluate evidence.
  • I’ve learned to find online learning opportunities.
  • I’ve reviewed many of the groups filing structures and found one that fit my needs.
  • I’ve learned the differences and importance of Collateral Research and Cluster Research.
  • I’ve learned about the three different kinds of Ancestry DNA types.
  • I’ve learned the importance of Social Media and how to give back to the genealogy community.
  • I’ve added to my Bucket List, genealogy travel ideas.
  • I’ve been reminded of securing my research data for future generations.
  • And so much more.


Thank you Thomas MacEntee. 

The Genealogy Do-Over journey is a 13 week challenge from Thomas MacEntee, of GeneaBloggers.


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