I have to admit, my approach to research has been a little squirrelly lately. I've been away from the hobby for a while, and the fantastic thing about that is there has been tons of data scanned and put online while I was gone. Heck, the whole 1911 Canadian census was released and indexed while I was off doing other things. And Nova Scotia has been putting up vital records like they are going out of style. I've been racing from discovery to discovery and the results have been thrilling, but also kind of messy. And by messy I mean that I'm probably not squeezing every bit of possible information out of each source before I dash off to something else. That is bad. And that leads me to goal...
#1. Tidy up sources. Glean every detail. Since most of everything I have is scanned, link images to sources.
The other messy part is that I started using a Mac a few years ago and that meant a switch to Reunion software. I really like the program (and, for that price, thank goodness), but not everything transferred beautifully from Family Tree Maker. I come across odd things here and there that still need fixing, like events called "*New [OCCU]" that mean occupation. That's all kinds of wrong.
#2. Find those weird things. Put them where they really belong. Get all my pictures relinked.
Next, find everybody in every census. Of course I haven't found everybody in even one census (I'm looking at you, Ida Frances Pike), and I need to make a list and figure out where the heck these people went.
#3. Do a census survey of my tree and develop a plan for finding the missing.
Sheesh. It's all straightforward stuff, but it is large. And some of it is tedious. To keep from going crazy, I've adjusted my flags and added some check boxes to help me keep track of where I've cleaned up already.
The trick will be to balance some forward progress with the fun stuff so I don't get burnt out: Photos! Context! Stories! Maps! Love it.