Yesterday I was sitting in the living room of my Silagh’s house talking after dinner and she mentioned a book her mother made about her Italian heritage that was on the coffee table. I’d seen it a little while ago and was reminded about a similar book that my paternal grandfather made about my own family. Silagh mentioned that her mother was now working on a similar book about her Irish heritage. This got me thinking about working on doing something for my family. With all of the resources available on the Internet, why not?
The book that my grandfather made was really neat, maybe because I’m a history geek but also because it was about my own family was inherently interesting. The quality was a little inconsistent, but considering he’s not a “technology guy” it was certainly admirable and a whole lot more than most people have done. I know that there are a ton of “for pay” websites out there, and I don’t disagree with paying for access to data, if necessary, but I also don’t want to waste money paying for data that is legally available publicly from another source. Do you have any recommended sources for researching or confirming family history data?
The other thing that I’ve been thinking about is how and what to document. Obviously when you’re talking about someone’s entire life there’s an infinite amount you could document, but what are common things that people list? What’s the best way to collect the data and keep everything in order? The geek in me says that the best way would be to do something in a database, but I’m not sure if that’d be the easiest way to record it. I’m also thinking about possible ways to present the data once it’s collected. If you know of any good examples of genealogies that have been compiled , can you send me a link in the comments? I’d love to see what you’ve come up with or done on your own.