While I have been blogging every day for the past week I have also been spending time trying to get this ICAP Gen Accreditation project underway. It’s such a big project that generally I find myself creating lists upon lists to help manage all of these tasks. Having narrowed down my four generations I have now moved on to creating the family group record sheets. This is an example of what one of those looks like, partially completed:
You would also have your sources listed in the notes, but as you can see in the image above, I have not filled that in yet. So, I will be completing four of these family group sheets; one for each generation. The one shown above is the fourth gen, from which I will be going back through time to Paolo’s great-grandfather’s family. Doing this before any other part of the report seems logical to me for a couple of reasons. First, it reveals in a chronological order, all of the people that you will need to research. Second, it very obviously shows how much information you are missing and still need to research. Third, it will be useful further on in the project as a go-to reference sheet for anything that I will need to write about or know.
Here is the first page of my very tedious but useful list of things that I need to fill in:
Yes! I have a lot to research, apparently, but this is okay because for the most part I know where to get this information. Some things I probably won’t find – like burial records for ancestors who have died before 1900. This is okay. The important information that I want to find is the birth and death records for every individual. But even those can be missing. What I really want to find is the information for the individuals who are the focus of my four-generation project: Gaetana Sterrantino, Pancrazia Cundari, Maria Nucifora, Gaetano Nucifora and their spouses.
I will continue to post research updates as I progress throughout my project. This is, afterall, what the original purpose of this blog was for!