Imagine that you’ve just been told that an ancestor has passed away and you are being asked to write the obituary. Could you do it?
Open the website or software that you use for your ancestor’s timeline – Ancestry, Family Search, Roots Magic, Family Tree Maker, etc. Take a look at the information you’ve collected and write a basic obituary. Think about what’s included in a traditional obit. Here’s a link to several obituary templates. Do you have all of that information? What else would you like to know?
As your write the obituary, keep your Research Plan for that ancestor nearby. As you think of things you wish you knew to fill out the obit, add those things to your Research Plan. Later, you can brainstorm places to research to find that information.
Feel free to post your “obit” in the comments. I’d love to read it!
And here we are at the end of February! Here’s a list of Snacks so far:
Snack #1 – Make a plan for Christmas Gifts 2018
Snack #2 – Download or Create a Research Plan
Snack #3 – Make an outline of your ideal Digital File System
Snack #4 – Create a “template” for naming your digital files
Snack #5 – Complete this PERSI search
Snack #6 – Fill out group sheets based on Find-a-grave
Snack #7 – Write an obituary