Any chance you could do a new post on the need for a purpose build genealogy research organizing program . . . or how to best create or adapt a database such as MS Access or Open Office, etc. I can hardly believe there is nothing to fill this gap since the development of Bygones ceased some years ago.
I would really appreciate your thoughts as a developer on this topic.
Thanks. Chuck B.]]>
I realized that my genealogy project was just a large research project. I was consistently going through the same steps that they teach you in beginning science classes…state the problem, hypothesize, gather data, analyze, conclude. So within my genealogy computer program (TMG) I have created a way to take notes of my hypothesis (what do I think is going on?). I gather the data (we diverge here as I do not record what I think I should gather.) I have another “tag” that is my analysis, This is where I gather all the locations I have looked and the results of that investigation, which may be that I didn’t find anything. And, finally, I have a tag that is conclusion….If I can get to one, I compile all the fragments of information. I state the information that supports the conclusion and the information that does not. These can get quite long. This method keeps me from looking at the same information over and over again because I have forgotten that I looked there.
Thanks for sharing your methodology. Good job. Jill]]>
Thanks for your generosity in making the originals available.]]>
The three forms are great research aids – especially with your filled-in examples. There’s nothing like a form that’s all filled out to give the user an idea of how to make best use of the blank one. Thanks for taking the time to give such great examples.
I just posted a bit about the forms at the “new” GenealogyBlog.com
I like your setup on these documents. I personally use Microsoft OneNote to do some of the same things. I believe I’ll make some adjustments based on your templates.
I work in a medical research lab and we use endnote (or reference manager) to organize sources and research. We can accumulate our sources of information into the program and cite as we write.
Have you explored either of those for genealogy research?