A-Z Challenge 2018 – Reviewing Data

a2z-h-smallMaterial is coming online at a phenomenal rate and yet what is online is only a fraction of what is available. Just as with our own genealogical research, with a One-Name Study you should review material:

  • What material you already have
    • Including what the material tells you in terms of
      • other people
      • their address
      • their relationship to your ancestor
  • What you are requiring
  • Has the material you are requiring, but do not have yet been made available?
  • Is there any new material that might help you confirm or disprove what you are hypothesising?

I keep an active workbook which has two worksheets:

  • Research Log
    • What I looked at and where I looked at it
    • What did I find and what did I NOT find which is just as important
  • To Do List
    • What do I need to look at next
    • Who does the material relate to. There is not point saying to look for Salvatore Orlando in New Orleans in 1930 if he has a son also called Salvatore, so I usually put the year of birth in brackets so I can distinguish one from other.
  • As part of this workbook I also keep a notes sheet. This is where I might write a note, perhaps which does not relate to what or who I am looking for, but I want to capture the thought before I vanishes as soon as it arrives!

How often you review data will be up to you, perhaps you do it:

  • When you see an announcement of the release of a data set online.
  • Perhaps when you are working through your to do list.
  • Perhaps as a result of an enquiry from another researcher.
  • Perhaps in preparation of a pending research trip.

There is no hard and fast rule and I would recommend that you record when you search for material on your log, because it could be the case that you have searched over a period to time to find the material is not online, anywhere despite multiple searches and you perhaps need to engage the services of a genealogist to assist you. It might also be the case that the material you seek is simply not available and has been destroyed either as a deliberate act or it was created (or not) too long ago. There is also the possibility that the material is in an unsuspecting place.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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