The best kind of homework

I just found an excellent post by Amie Bowser Tennant on 6 Things to Do When Your Family History is “Done”, ideas that would be quite worthwhile even if you don’t consider yours “done.” The first suggestion is to create an accurate source citation for each fact in your history. I have embarked on this task very recently, as an outcome of participating in a ProGen study group working through Tom Jones’ book Mastering Genealogical Proof. Each chapter was discussed in detail along with the exercises in the book and specific tasks set by the discussion leader – lots of homework! Several assignments required us to work with research questions from our own family history, creating citations for the sources we already had or found anew. My genealogy software, Reunion, contains a hodge-podge of source references I have accumulated over the years. It is my goal to examine all 400+ sources, evaluate their quality, and document them properly.

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