What format do you prefer for genealogy information?" I am always taken aback with what strikes a cord with readers. Apparently that one did. I had many comments on the blog itself as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
One thing that surprised me was how many people are either completely digital or mostly digital in their genealogy research. That's not a bad thing just not exactly how I operate.
Let me bring you a more specific scenario and see how you respond.
When you are working on a specific challenge or brick wall how do you go about your analysis? I am not talking about regular fact finding genealogy research where you gather information about ancestors. I'm talking about that one (or two if it is a husband and wife/father and son, etc) ancestor that stops you dead in your tracks and makes you think.
When I am working on a really tough problem I can't work from my database or my digital files. I need to see the relevant documents spread out in front of me, side by side. I need to be able to read documents over and over in case I've missed something. I have one document, a deposition, that I acquired five years ago that I am still reading and gleaning information from.
I just can't do this sort of thing electronically. I can do background research online, create a research plan on the computer, type up my notes in a word processor, etc but I have to do this on paper.
Even if all the documents were stored in a software program, I couldn't bring them up on the computer side by side big enough to compare them.
So, tell me, am I unique in needing visual print outs for this kind of analysis? Are the rest of you doing this on the computer?
They say there are different styles of learning. Maybe there are different styles for analysis too. But I was really surprised by all of you who keep everything stored solely in the computer.
Now I'm starting to think I'm old fashioned! :)