….especially when you decide to abandon “Plan A?”
Plan A: Use my friend’s request to trace her Norwegian Civil War ancestor as my project for the Client Report.
Plan B: Do another (how many?) client report instead.
Michael Hait made the observation after the last blog posting that I should instead do lots of client reports and pick the best one. This was instead of submitting the first one I did. He thought that the improvement in the reports is observable and I would see that as well. I fought this idea for this past week but have now come to the conclusion that he is right, not only for the reasons he gave but for a couple others as well.
So, here is the thought process I went through:
I love what I have done for Mary. I think she will be very excited when she sees it. Of course, I did not want to “abandon” all that work, but then I realized I was trying to have the report do “too many things”….it was 1.) my friend’s request, 2.) a class project AND 3.) the Client Report. I needed to give up on at least one of those three and it couldn’t be the first. I then toyed with the idea of starting another class project, which if I worked very hard I could do. The problem? The topic I was thinking about required obtaining a lot of InterLibrary Loan sources which may or may not arrive in time for the paper. I could pick a different topic/person for the class project, but I didn’t feel like there was anyone that really captured my imagination. So, I looked at the Client Report…..
Dispassionate assessment: The project was getting too complicated for a Client Report. I now think that being much simpler is a better approach for this report. The point is to show the level of professionalism of the author. (of course, more than that, but you get what I mean.) I love the report but perhaps that was getting in “the way.”
I went back to my original list of options I had:
- spend X number of hours to identify the occupants of Beshotenweg, a street between Weener and Bunde in Ostfriesland, Germany. The pastor recorded the house number of each family as he recorded a birth, death or marriage. Eventually, it would be very cool to trace their movements in and out of the street. My gggrandmother was born and lived on that street.
- spend X number of hours assisting in the development of the family book for German Valley, IL. This is a monumental task that is being taken on by the Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America (OGSA), but in all honesty, it is about completed. I think there is little opportunity for this one.
- I am sure there is a person who would like some portion of their family traced.
It is probable this will delay the submission. If the new Client Report delays the submission by more than a month then I am in conflict with the conference I am planning. If that is the case, the submission wouldn’t occur until after September of this year. But, that’s OK.
That’s what I am thinking about today. A setback, by one definition, a new learning curve by another. Did I think it would be smooth?
Things I have done since the last post: worked on the conference (program, budget, respond to requests for information, publicity), assumed management of our Class web site for the instructor, worked on my class assignments for March 15 and (albeit slowly) worked through what to do with the Client Report that I have done.