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Sunday, January 17, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Challenge 3

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Challenge 3

A goal I set, both for myself and for the materials/information/photos I have for my self, my parents materials, and even my grandparents stuff, was to organize by decades, as a starting point, to make very large projects more manageable.

With this Challenge, I am going to modify handling my own materials by shifting to to seven period groups, rather than decades. What do you think about this?

1. Childhood: 1939-1952 (through country school)
2. Teens to Marriage: 1952-1959 (eighth grade, high school, F-S college)
3. Kids and Career Start: 1960-1969 (three daughters, work, no time)
4. Urbandale: 1970-1983 (Governor's staff, kids in teens, own business)
5. Tucson: 1983-1994 (work, family, PhD)
6. Emporia: 1994-2009 (assistant, associate, professor and chair; grandkids)
7. Retirement: 2009-forward (Nancy and I; Austin, Utah, and MO)

It does look a bit like decades, but with better definition. It may not seem like much, but I think I can make it work. I'll bet we'll revisit this later in the 52 weeks, what do you think?

Families are Forever!  ;-)

4 comments:

  1. Looks like a plan to me; I may adopt your approach for a timeline, and then just link the memories I have written up to each period. Thanks for the idea - that simplifies things!

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  2. Thanks,... and I appreciate the reminder to use links. I have so much material on line over the years, already, this would be a good way to tie it together. Thanks for stopping by. ;-)

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  3. I like your categories and may do something similar with my own records. Thanks for sharing your plan with us!

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  4. This makes lots of sense. It's much more useful than decades because it relates directly to telling stories about your life.

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