Several people have asked me how my scanning project is going. In case you missed it, I am scanning all the paper documents I have into the computer (22 years worth). This is very time consuming because I am doing several things at once.
1) Scanning the document and saving it to the hard drive.
2) Filing the paper document in the appropriate binder and printing a new label.
3) Entering the information into Legacy. I had exported my direct line plus siblings to a new file without exporting the source citations. Many of my citations did not conform to Evidence Explained. I am crafting new citations and I am also evaluating every piece of evidence that is on each document. I missed some things the first time around, especially on the older documents.
4) I am linking the document to the person in Legacy so that I can see everything I have on each person by going to their Media Gallery.
5) I am sending permission requests to photographers on Find A Grave for any photos that I didn’t take myself. I want to include tombstone photos in the Media Gallery.
Yesterday I worked on this most of the day. I managed to do 20 documents. At this rate it is going to take me awhile but it is already so worth it. When you have 22 years of research entered in several different stages of research competency, there are bound to be omissions and errors. I have so much more education and experience now. It is actually quite exciting going over these old documents and finding things that I didn’t notice before.
I also have many documents that I downloaded straight to the hard drive that I don’t have paper for. I will be doing these after the paper ones are done. These are in an older filing system and need to be renamed and moved into the correct folders. I will be reanalyzing them and creating good source citations. I will also need to link them to the correct people in Legacy.
I will be able to thin down my paper documents a bit. Anything that is available online I will just download and not have a paper copy. The only paper documents I will be keeping are true originals/artifacts and copies of documents I got from repositories that are not available online.
The next step will be to go back through the census records. I am dreading that one but I know that it will be fruitful. I didn’t download the census pages as I examined them the first time around so I will be reevaluating these as well as I download them and attach them to the correct people.
A little side note. Remember I said that I only exported my direct line and their siblings. I did this to give me a skeleton to work from. I will have to add collateral people as I come to them in the records which of course takes even more time. I will say that there are many collateral lines in my old file that will not be making it into my new file. In my early days I copied stuff into my file willy nilly just like all newbies do. It is time to prune,.
Do I have a goal for when I want to be finished with this massive project? I am trying to be realistic. I know that I will be going off on tangents and doing research at the same time as I am doing all of this. I have given myself until December 30, 2014. If I finish early that would be a good thing but I didn’t want to give myself a deadline that wasn’t doable.
Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis