Working late

What if we EACH spent next week coordinating 1 generation of paper, digital and online genealogy files?

I’m starting with my PARENTS and I’ll plan on:

  • Scanning photos and documents from my paper files
  • Take digital pics of heirlooms including furniture, books, china, crystal, jewelry, the piano, the organ, etc.
  • Attaching scans and heirloom pics to mom and/or dad in my RootsMagic genealogy management software
  • Uploading scans to my AMT (Ancestry Member Tree) using RootsMagic Tree Share
  • Downloading any attached documents from my AMT using RootsMagic Tree Share
  • Uploading scans to FS (FamilySearch profiles for Dad and Mom
  • Verifying there are no additional documents on FamilySearch that I don’t have in my RootsMagic
Future Plans

After six generations are completed, I’ll create a GEDCOM file to replace my old one at the following websites:

  • FindMyPast
  • Geni.com
  • MyHeritage
  • WikiTree
This project is similar to yet different from Amy Johnson Crow’s “52 Ancestors in 52 weeks.

Find out more about Amy’s idea to compose a biographical sketch, a narrative, on one individual each week, see her blog here.

For me it’s a matter of pulling together documents stored in multiple places and ensuring each place has a full set of my compiled genealogy for safekeeping.

I want to do it by couple since there is much overlap in their adult life.

I can envision breaking up future weekly tasks this way:
  • Paternal grandparents
  • Maternal grandparents
  • Great-grandparents (father’s father’s parents)
  • Great-grandparents (father’s mother’s parents)
  • Great-grandparents (mother’s father’s parents)
  • Great-grandparents (mother’s mother’s parents)
From this it would be easy to compile a book or a “52 Ancestors” biography.

Confident documents and heirloom images had been digitized I could use my genealogy software to generate the initial sketch and fill it in with personal recollection anecdotes.

Future discoveries could readily be added to my genealogy management software and to my online ancestral profiles.

Eventually this method could rid me of the hodgepodge of documents stored here, there and everywhere.One exception will be those digital images that are protected by copyright where I do not have permission to share on other websites. However, I do plan to reference such items and mention I have archived them for personal use.

I could then rest assured that copies of what Cousin Russ calls my “current thinking” are available in multiple places making it easy for the next generation to discover their roots.