Every time I prepare a post for this case study, I find something else that I either haven’t researched, or know that I DID research, but haven’t looked at in a long time. That’s how I end up with posts like “Where is Smith Bottoms” and the “Spotlight: Simon Stacy”. In fact, my January 11th post was originally Day 1 out of 13 and “A Man with Two Counties” was originally Day 2!
One shocking thing that I discovered as I have been collecting items to add to my Google Drive is that when I was a new genealogist, I had been researching John M Smith’s son – George A. Smith (my great, great, great grandfather) and as soon as I found out who his father was, I must have stopped researching George! I’ve been working to correct that over the past week.
You may recall from my first post that one of my goals for this project was to pull together all of the research that I’ve already done on collateral lines so that I can easily find all potential information, but George is a direct line ancestor, so this should have been done long ago!
To keep track of what I have and to look for additional clues for each individual, I’m working on additional timelines, beginning with George A. and his brother Elias trying to find out:
- What do I have?
- What did I miss?
- Do I have everything transcribed?
When I transcribe a document, I am so often amazed at what I learn that I didn’t notice when I only read through a document, so my transcriptions are being added to my Google Drive and are being linked in the timelines. In some cases, links will be added to posts that are already online – so it doesn’t hurt to go back if you know of a post that mentioned one of YOUR ancestors. In fact, not every timeline has a post of it’s own – for example, I have a timeline for Thomas Simpson, one of John M’s daughters’ husband that is linked in the “How Findagrave Led Me Wrong” post, but he doesn’t have a post of his own like Simon Stacy did. These timelines and transcriptions are taking a bit of time and they WILL change over time.
Often, you will find that a timeline document is actually a conversation that I’m having with myself. When questions come to mind as I’m working through a document, I add those questions so that I can remember what I was working on when I come back for additional research. Then I start a list of places that I’ve checked to try to find the answer. Eventually, as questions get answers, the document turns into a blog post or a more traditional timeline. I’m trying to give them a consistent format, but there may be some differences.
Here are my current timelines:
- Philemon Payne
- Thomas Simpson
- Simon Stacy
- Andrew Meadows (and Elizabeth Meadows Smith)
- George A Smith
- Elias Smith (1853)
By the way, if you have documents or transcriptions you’d be willing for me to include, let’s collaborate! I’d be happy to link to something in YOUR Google Drive or Dropbox if you’d rather not have me host it in mine.