Once I had been bitten, I had to get to work. I organized all of the information I had been given so that I could see what we knew (first step in genealogy research, even though I didn’t know that at the time). Then I found someone who could get me started.
Basically, what she told me was the kind of records available, and which she would look in first, and which next. My main research method, as it developed, was to print out from the Family History Library Catalog on microfiche all of the items listed in the various locations I had for our ancestors, and check every item for information about people with the correct last names. It wasn’t always successful, but it was fairly complete, because I would cross out an item on the list once I had looked in it (and only go back if I found out something that warranted another look).
So now I have files on each of the locations, and notes from my research in those areas. I also have files on each of the surnames. The second step in genealogy research is to decide what you want to learn about your family, the third is to select which record to search, the fourth is to obtain and search the record, and the fifth–which leads back to the first step and through the cycle again–is to use the information (evaluate it, compare it to what you already know, add what you consider properly documented to your knowledge base with the proper documentation).
That same process could be applied to what I post here. I have to decide what to tell people next. Should I start closer in time (with my great-grandfather John Leasil Brasher’s parents and siblings in Kentucky) or should I proceed through my files, and if the latter, should I start with the location files or the surname files? And if the latter of those two choices, since I’m working with a pedigree, do I follow one line as far as I have information, and then come back and follow the next line, or do I discuss the surnames alphabetically, or do I move back one generation at a time, sharing all that I found on each surname?
I’m only posting this because I would like to know what those with whom I hope to share this information would prefer. Your input will help me decide. And if I don’t get feedback on this, I may be tempted to just post whatever I like and figure that since it will be tagged and categorized, the blog will organize it for me. (Not an idle threat, by the way, I have been considering it as well.)
In the meantime, and in hopes of feedback, I’ll wait a bit to post my next set of information. So, any suggestions or votes?