But not everyone is on the internet, and particularly the older generation. So I spent much of October and November double checking my notes and sources and making sure I have a printout of each source. That is something I haven't always been good about. I have everything very neatly organized in folders on my computer and can find a source relatively quickly when needed. And I also have multiple backups, so I'm not really worried about losing my research in the near term. But having a hard copy is important for various reasons, and even though I KNOW that, I'm not good about actually printing things out. I'm always caught up in the excitement of research and 'forget' the printing step.
After I checked it all, I made sure I had four printouts of each source, and then I used my genealogy software to prepare a 3-generation descendent report for my great-great-grandparents, Bartolomeo Petrini and Eufrosina Pineschi. I also chose one of their grandsons, Adelindo, and prepared a pedigree chart. I also printed four copies of these. Then I assembled four sets of papers with the reports, charts, source printouts, and a letter explaining my research. I kept one for my records and filed it in my PETRINI binder and took one set to my mother. The other two sets were put in envelopes and mailed off to my mothers sisters. I've heard back from each of them, one in a short note and the other indirectly though a phone call to my mother. I can safely say each were pleased!
I actually only sent them three generations, because the thought of organizing and printing everything I had was overwhelming! And it may well have been overwhelming for them to receive. Instead I will send a little bit at a time. My plan now is to work on Bartolomeo and Eufrosina's descendants, tracing one child at a time. The couple had ten children, and I've got a pretty good start on four of them, so my plan now is to start with one, Giovanni Alessandro, and trace his descendants as for as I can. Then I will organize and print and send that off to my Aunts.
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