My theme for the Family History through the Alphabet is the Attributes we need as family historians: the skills, experience and talents we need to bring to our research. Week 14 brings us attributes from the letter N.
N is for notetaking par excellence: If we aren’t good at notetaking when we start this journey, we certainly need to develop those skills. Without them we lose track of what we’ve found and where we’ve stored the information. We also run the risk of missing anomalies in the data we find.
N is for navigating new records and new sites: As our family history develops we need to learn about new records and how to maximise our usage of them. With more information coming on daily (yet still leaving a vast amount lurking in archives everywhere), we also need to learn how to navigate new web sites.
N is for the white noise you get in your head when you’ve wandered the online labyrinth for too many hours without a thread to lead you home.
N is for nurturing and assisting other researchers. We also need to nurture those family stories so we can bring them to life for others.
N is for negotiating the stumbling blocks that research throws up, and sometimes negotiating outcomes with other researchers.