I am following the Modified Participant Options for the Genealogy Do-Over journey. I will be doing over my research for my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Strausser, and his family in the hopes of knocking down a couple of brick walls.
My research goals are: firm up my documentation to form a sound proof argument that Mary Catherine Strausser is the daughter of Peter Strausser and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser; trace Peter Strausser and his known descendants in the hopes of finding some living descendants who may be able to provide me with some knowledge of this family; and determine the parents of Peter Strausser.
Our topics for Week3 of the Genealogy Do-Over
Modified Participant Options: If you have never used a research log before, consider using one of the formats above or creating your own. Another option is to see if your preferred genealogy database software has a way of tracking research; some have a To Do List option, others have something similar to a Research Log.
I watched a video presented by Thomas MacEntee on Using and Managing a Genealogy Research Log. In the past, I basically just recorded all my notes in a steno notebook that I dedicated to that project. I found this inadequate because I would go to transcribe them and realize I was missing items and had to do the research over to get the missing information. I recently switched to using MS OneNote; but without a specific template, it is just an electronic steno notebook.
I am seriously thinking about giving a research log a chance, although initially it appears it will take longer but will probably save time in the long run. I downloaded the template Research Log developed by Thomas MacEntee and plan to use that template as my Strausser Project research log. It will be an interesting experiment.
Another task I accomplished this week is taking a refresher training class in Evidentia. I took a great class quite a while ago when I first purchased Evidentia but never really used it. I had forgotten what great features it has. I particularly like the fact that once all sources and claims are entered and tagged, it can generate many useful reports.
Modified Participant Options: With your current research, start with yourself. Check to see that all information is accurate, based on your self-interview, and make sure each point of data can be tied to at least one record. If something is missing a corresponding record – like a birth location – then mark it as “unsourced” and add it to your To Do List for further research.
I reviewed my existing research from myself to my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Catherine Strausser. I believe she is the daughter of Peter Strausser and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser. I have solid documentation of all events up to this point, including the marriage record from St. Edward’s parish register that documents the marriage of Mary Catherine Strausser and Theobald Meisberger on 15 April 1860 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Unluckily for me, no parents’ names were mentioned in the register entry and there was no civil registration of marriages in Pennsylvania in 1860.
The Genealogy Do-Over journey is a 13 week challenge from Thomas MacEntee, of GeneaBloggers. Week Three (16-22 January 2015) #WK3GenealogyDoOver
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