As if I didn’t have enough on my plate, I finally upgraded my MacBook Air to a MacBook Pro this weekend. My MacBook Air, was purchased in 2011, has made lots of trips with me, and is still working, but I was running out of hard disk space (I don’t store as much as I should in the Cloud). What’s kept me from upgrading earlier was the one USB-C port…how do I connect all of my peripherals? I spent an hour in the local Apple Store and ended up with a dock for my desk and two dongles for traveling and presentations…one HDMI and one VGA. I backed up everything from my old drive to an external drive and have been careful about moving things to the new computer. I really didn’t need to keep the 2008 version of my lecture on Irish church records, especially since it was on every backup and lots has changed! 😀 Everything is taking a bit longer as I find I need to reconfigure the stuff I’ve used for ages. It’s little things, like my signature on emails, favorite fonts for my blog, preferences in various apps. I think it’s like moving…you need to do it often to clear everything out!
The Ireland research trip is getting closer and I need to look at my "to do” list for the trip. Although I spend most of my time assisting others, if everyone is humming along, I sometimes get to spend some time on my own work. I’ve found that a spreadsheet works best for me for keeping track of things to do. I used to use the list in my genealogy software, but I do so much on line now, that I found I sometimes forgot to open the software to made an addition. It goes back to my overall problem of getting my online and computer based databases sync'd. I now keep the spreadsheet on my (computer) desktop where I can open it and make an addition at any time. I definitely tend to be a BSO (bright shiny object) person and my to do list helps keep me focused.
My list is a checklist format from a basic template listed in the application Numbers (Apple version of Excel). I start with the repository. Since I add things randomly, this allows me to sort and group all of the items for a repository together.
If you are interested, I’ve save a copy of this template as both a PDF and .xls here.
One of the comments that appeared on the website survey related to finding the place in Ireland where your ancestor was born. My Quick Reference Guide #1, Preparing for Success in Irish Research addresses just that question. Here are some links to other blogs I’ve written on the subject. I will continue to write on this in the future.