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From the Presidents Desk - January 2022
As we begin the New Year, we look back at the past year and take note of genealogy successes and perhaps those mysteries that remain unsolved. Many of you have listened to Thomas MacEntee talk of what he calls the genealogy do-over. The new year is a good time to follow Thomas’ advice for the “do-over”. His recommendation is to actually start over from scratch. Or if you don’t want to start totally over again, he also has what he calls a “go-over”. The “go-over” is less drastic but something we all need to do at some point in our genealogy travels. As we learn more and additional records become available, the go-over should be extremely helpful to make sure you are on the right path.

To quote some passages from Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over Workbook,
“Is the concept of “setting aside” years of genealogy research too much to handle? For some of the participants in The Genealogy Do-Over, it was not feasible to start over from scratch. Some felt comfortable doing a thorough review of their existing work using The Genealogy Do-Over topics as a guide. If this approach suits your style, then here is the best way to do a “Go-Over” instead of a “Do-Over:”

• A simple way to do a Go-Over is to start with your own listing in your genealogy database software, and verify each data point such as birth date, marriage date etc. Can you prove each fact? Do you have a source citation for each fact? If so, then proceed to work on the information for your parents, then their parents etc.
• Develop a tracking system so you know which data points you have thoroughly reviewed and proved.
• Over time, you should improve your research, evidence evaluation, and source citation skills” …

Thomas gladly shares his expertise with us and here is a link to his free Do-Over Workbook, The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook 2021 Edition (

Another task we need to work on in the new year is to go through all the piles of papers we’ve collected over the past year or in years gone by and scan all those documents into your genealogy software or the family tree you have online. You will be amazed at how many discoveries you’ll find that you forgot you had!

Whatever process you commit to for the new year, I wish you the best in your quest to tell those stories of ancestors who have paved the way for us in 2022.

Happy New Year
Katie Gertz
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