The Power of Three
Is Routine Boring?
Routine, boring, humdrum. Or, habits which free you from confusion and endless decisions! Routine helps you get to work quickly and move through a process efficiently. Do you have research routines and templates for your genealogy? Lately I've been trying to develop research routines and templates, and recently saw a video that snapped into focus what I was trying to do. Call it the power of three.
Connie Knox's Genealogy TV episode Ancestry and FamilySearch, FindMyPast or MyHeritage: Family Tree Trifecta Strategy describes her professional routine for each person: work three sites with three search strategies each (3x3x3) with the goal of 27 new facts and sources. Complete this cycle for each person you are reviewing, each new place, and each new FAN club member as they come into view. The power of three can keep you focused and successful.
Become a Fan of FANs
FANs are Family, Associates and Neighbors. Sometimes we race right past the names of those folks, only to run head-on and full-speed into a brick wall. Slow down, and take note of family and neighbors living close to your person, and reassess them once you figure out parentage of a wife or mother in the family and find who the children married. Often neighbors turn out to be kin or future kin.
Associates are the folk your person worked with, who witnessed deeds, wills, those they bought and sold land to, who are named on bonds, whom they appointed executors and chose as pallbearers. Sometimes associates turn out to be kin as well. Researching the FAN club can be key to getting beyond a few dates and places, to where you can get to know a person.