Lots of new ideas came up at our January meeting. Thank you all for your hard work and active participation! The presentations illustrated the many paths one simple death certificate can offer. A newspaper article provides even more possibilities. Will you write a narrative centering around your genealogical conclusions? Will you write a biographical narrative stemming from a statement in the article? Here is the first part of my example: an annotated transcription of the obituary I chose for this assignment. The annotations show my thoughts about the information in this record. The second part of my example, the narrative paragraph, will show the direction I took. Here are some action points for you.
- Create a Master Source List entry for this record, if you don't already have one, and include a screen shot of the Output form.
- Analyze the newspaper article.
- Are you looking at the original article, a digital image, a transcription, or an abstract?
- How valid is the information you found? Does it correlate with what you already know, or does it conflict?
- What did you learn from the article and what did you infer?
- Did it answer your question(s)?
- What information did you enter in your database?
- How do you expect to use that information?
- Don't forget to cite each entry!
- Do you write them down?
- Do you enter them in TMG?
- Do you simply hope you'll remember them?
While you're working on this assignment, feel free to post questions and problems to this blog, or send them to Kay and me at: email@example.com. Bring the finished product with you to the February meeting. I'm looking forward to hearing a lot of new ideas!
Remember this year's goals.
- We want to develop the habit of analyzing each record we use, and not just enter each information bit without thinking about its meaning.
- We want to make conscious decisions on what data we want to enter into TMG, how we enter that data, and how we will use that data in our research.
- We want to develop the habit of writing research reports and real family histories, not just printing out pedigree charts and family group sheets.
- We want to make TMG fit our research needs and goals. We don't want to make our research practices fit TMG.