By training I am a physical therapist. Specifically, I am an acute (hospital) PT.
Genealogy and physical therapy - an odd combination, don't you think? Well, maybe not.
As a physical therapist, I evaluate a patient's problem, develop a treatment plan, and carry out that plan. Isn't that what I do as a genealogist?
- First I identify the research focus. (This would be the patient's problem).
- I analyze what is already known about the research question. (This would be the patient's medical history.)
- I determine what other information is needed. (This would be hands on evaluation of a patient's problem.)
- I develop a research plan to address the central question. (This would be treatment plan.)
- I carry out the research plan. (This would be carrying out the patient's treatment plan.)
- I re-evaluate the research plan and adapt it based on research findings. (I re-evaluate the patient frequently and make adjustments to their treatment as needed.)
Whether I am working as a genealogist or a physical therapist, I use both my analytic skills and my interview/people skills. "Thinking outside the box" is helpful in both as well.