Update: The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook

Genealogy author and educator announces The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook, in digital and print format, to be published November 2015.

Last month, over at The Genealogy Do-Over Group on Facebook, I mentioned that I’ve been working on a new book about The Genealogy Do-Over. My goal is to create a “workbook” – in both print and digital format – that can be used by both individuals and genealogical societies to take on the “do over” challenge.

My original goal was to have said book – The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook – ready by Cycle 4 which begins tomorrow, October 2nd, 2015. Before you get your hopes up, let me tell you that there won’t be any new book available on Amazon tomorrow. And here’s why . . .

The Genealogy Do-Over: Looking Ahead to 2016

I’ve been overwhelmed with the success of the entire Genealogy Do-Over concept, from the Facebook group with close to 10,000 members, to the weekly emails, etc. Many participants have taken the time to provide valuable feedback on the Genealogy Do-Over and as I’ve reviewed and processed the feedback, I’ve come to these decisions about both the workbook and the Genealogy Do-Over’s future:

  • Yes, the Genealogy Do-Over will continue in 2016 starting on January 1st.
  • The new format will be 12 months with one entire cycle for the year. In 2015, we’ve had four cycles of 13 weeks each and many participants felt that the pace was much too fast.
  • Several genealogical societies have set up Genealogy Do-Over special interest groups (SIGs) where they tackle one set of topics each month. Several other societies have also expressed an interest in sharing the Genealogy Do-Over with their members, but a 13-week program just isn’t workable.
  • The workbook will be based on a 12-month cycle which means I’ll need to tweak the current arrangement of topics.
  • My goal is to have The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook available by mid-November 2015 in both digital and print format.

I appreciate your patience with this project and I am committed to providing an excellent publication for Genealogy Do-Over participants. Feel free to send me your ideas and list of “must have” items to geneabloggers@gmail.com.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Announcing Cycle 4 of the Genealogy Do-Over


The Genealogy Do-Over is restarting! Cycle 4 begins on Friday 2 October 2015 at GeneaBloggers - so if you missed your chance, join us on the next journey!

Back on 15 December 2014, I made a big announcement: I was getting rid of 20+ years of past genealogy research and starting over. Some people said I was crazy. Some people said the idea was just “stupid” and wasteful.

But almost 10,000 genealogists and family historians have either been actively participating in this crazy project or have followed it over at the Genealogy Do-Over Facebook Group. Many have said that they finally have a methodology and format for research that they can live with AND that can bring them results.

Still more have taken the collaborative effort to heart and have shared their own work, their own templates as well as tips and tricks. The Genealogy Do-Over has been as close to a “genealogy hack-athon” and an exercise in group problem solving as I could want.

I want to thank . . .

  • everyone who has stuck it out to the end of Week 13 in either Cycle 1, Cycle 2, Cycle 3 or all cycles so far;
  • everyone who admitted they needed more time and made the 13-week schedule work for them;
  • those who simply followed discussions and promised they’d join in for Cycle 4;
  • those who didn’t want to do a complete “do-over” so development a review of their previous research;
  • every vendor who offered a special discount coupon or free item for participants; and
  • everyone who helped spread the word and took time to explain the craziness that is the Genealogy Do-Over

Cycle 4 – Genealogy Do-Over

So we start again on Friday, 2 October 2015 back at Week 1. To get ready, here are some things you can do, whether you are a repeat participant from Cycles 1 through 3 or brand new with Cycle 4:

  • Read the original announcement from 15 December that outline what motivated me to create the Genealogy Do-Over
  • Review the Schedule of Topics for Cycle 4 here
  • Look for the “Introduce Yourself” post at the Facebook Group for Cycle 4 – say hello to everyone!
  • Sign up for the email list here to receive each week’s topic info vial e-mail

I will be actively participating in Cycle 4 as I did with Cycles 1 through 3.

Genealogy Do-Over 2016: A Monthly Program

And here is some big news for those of you wondering if the Genealogy Do-Over will continue in 2016! The answer is YES, but in a different format. Starting 1 January 2016, we’ll revert to a monthly schedule of topics. This means I’ll take the same topics for the 13-week program and group them differently so there is more time to spend on each set of topics.

Many genealogy societies want to set up SIGs (special interest groups) to focus on the Genealogy Do-Over and the monthly configuration will greatly assist them in this type of project.

Look for more information about the 2016 Genealogy Do-Over program in late November 2015.

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So stay tuned, bookmark http://www.genealogydo-over.com and watch for the Week 1 post on Friday 2 October 2015!

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Genealogy Do-Over Cycle 4: Schedule of Topics

Cycle 4 of the Genealogy Do-Over starts on Friday 2 October 2015 - here is a list of topics to be covered as we go "all in" with our genealogy research.

Below is the list of topics to be covered during the Cycle 4 of the Genealogy Do-Over beginning Friday, 2 October 2015. As you review the topics please keep these things in mind:

  • This is a curated list based on a) my own experience as a genealogist, b) my experience as a genealogy educator, and c) information gathered from other genealogists online and in attendance at offline conferences and workshops.
  • The list is representative, in my opinion, of core areas of aptitude required for basic successful genealogical research. Your mileage may differ . . . meaning that your research habits and specific research projects may warrant different areas of concentration in terms of skill building.
  • Participants (and viewers) may agree or disagree with the topics or the order of the topics; feel free to add or remove topics that you feel are not relevant to your specific genealogy research project.
  • Each week, an UPDATED post for Cycle 4 will appear here at GeneaBloggers covering the Genealogy Do-Over topics. Posts will include tips, advice and resources.

Genealogy Do-Over Facebook Group and More

An interactive collaborative community for the Genealogy Do-Over has been created on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogydoover/. Those hoping to participate in the Genealogy Do-Over, and those just monitoring the group’s progress, are encouraged to join. Just like the entire Genealogy Do-Over program, there is no fee or “upcharge” for this collaborative environment.

Over the next week look for more added features to help you succeed in your Genealogy Do-Over.

Genealogy Do-Over Topics

(click each heading to go to the post for that topic)

Week 1 – 2-8 October 2015

  • Setting Previous Research Aside
  • Preparing to Research
  • Establishing Base Practices and Guidelines

Week 2 – 9-15 October 2015

  • Setting Research Goals
  • Conducting Self Interview
  • Conducting Family Interviews

Week 3 – 16-22 October 2015

  • Tracking Research
  • Conducting Research

Week 4 – 23-29 October 2015

  • Managing Projects and Tasks
  • Tracking Searches

Week 5 – 30 October-5 November 2015

  • Building a Research Toolbox
  • Citing Sources

Week 6 – 6-12 November 2015

  • Evaluating Evidence
  • Reviewing Online Education Options

Week 7 – 13-19 November 2015

  • Reviewing Genealogy Database Software
  • Digitizing Photos and Documents

Week 8 – 20-26 November 2015

  • Conducting Collateral Research
  • Reviewing Offline Education Options

Week 9 – 27 November-3 December 2015

  • Conducting Cluster Research
  • Organizing Research Materials – Documents and Photos

Week 10 – 4-10 December 2015

  • Reviewing DNA Testing Options
  • Organizing Research Materials – Digital

Week 11 – 11-17 December 2015

  • Reviewing Social Media Options
  • Building a Research Network

Week 12 – 18-24 December 2015

  • Sharing Research
  • Reviewing Research Travel Options

Week 13 – 25-31 December 2015

  • Securing Research Data
  • Reviewing the Journey

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.