I have been blogging here and there about my efforts to decrapify my life and genealogy space. Kylie Willison suggested that I add the word to this geneadictionary so I will even though it is a word I found outside the geneasphere.
Thanks Jenna for your genearosity.
Geneajigging? in lieu of the happy dance….though it sounds a bit like what might happen when you get too ensconced in your hunt and forget to “go”.
Suggested by Pauleen Cass in a Google+ comment to this blog on 12 August 2014.
Carmel left this suggestion in a comment on an earlier post. Can you add any other Geneadailies to the list?
From Carmel Galvin on The GeneaDictionary #
Suggested entry Geneadailies: compilations generated by Paper.li examples Australian Genealogists http://paper.li/geniaus/australian-genealogists, and Genebrarian http://paper.li/genebrarian amongst others
Googling around today I discovered that my idea for a Geneadictionary may not have been original or new. My mate Randy Seaver had a similar idea in his Saturday Evening Genealogy Fun Post on March 19 2011.
Randy asked his readers to share Genea-Logisms with him. he defined a genea-logism as “a newly invented word or phrase from the field of genealogy.”
There were some original and incredible words suggested in response to Randy’s activity. I hope Randy doesn’t mind if I add some of the words from there to the Geneadictionary.
For this word I am reposting a blog post of mine from the GeniAus Blog in 2012.
It’s true confessions time – I am a tangential genealogist. When I told her recently that I was going to spend a few hours at our State Library one of my very interested non/genealogy friends (a rare bird) asked how I go about my research. This caused me to reflect on my practice. Now, when I am planning a trip to a distant city or repository I am the model of organisation. I refer to my research planning spreadsheet (yes I have one), work out some goals for my trip, check catalogues and, where possible, pre-order resources.
When I just have a few spare hours I practice Tangential Genealogy, so my answer to my friend was “I don’t know, I haven’t a plan.” I told her that I may start to look at a database that I can’t access from home and probably get sidetracked when I come across someone or something interesting. I may decide to look at a particular surname in my database and methodically go through the people one by one checking on facts (!) I added years ago and adding sources where applicable. My last effort with this took me as far as someone with a given name starting with C, I found something juicy so the poor D-Zs were ditched as I set off on a chase. I may just browse the shelves in the library until I come across an unfamiliar resource (as I did last week) and thumb through its pages to see if I could find something relevant to my research (and I found a few gems). I may see a name in my database and, like I did this morning, put it into Google to see what I could find. This morning I found a treasure written in November, 2011 for someone I hadn’t researched for a few years.
While I am very serious about my family history research the bottom line is that is is my hobby. I like to have fun so, when I tire of a task or get a whiff of a scandal I may go off on a tangent.
I make no apology for being a Tangential Genealogist.
Setting up this blog was an impulse thing. I had been contemplating the idea for a couple of years but had done no planning when, on a cold Sydney afternoon, I wandered off task and just dived in without any preparation.
A day or two down the track I realised that I needed to get myself organised and that I did with the help of my friend Evernote. I have previously used Evernote to gather ideas and resources for presentations I am preparing and realised that it would be a perfect tool for managing the Geneadictionary.
Now when I find a word I make a new note in my Evernote Geneadictionary notebook. I record the source of the word, the date I found it and other pertinent information and related images. When I add the word to the alphabetical dictionary listing on my blog I give it the ATD tag. When I prepare a draft for publishing I give the note the Draft tag and when I have scheduled a post for publication I add the Posted tag. I am also adding tags for the people who have suggested words to me.
Hopefully with the assistance of Evernote I should manage to hold it all together.