When we begin our journey in researching our family, we might have a few items left by parents or grandparents. Perhaps we have a box or two of photos or other items? Maybe we don’t even have that much.
We go along, entering our ancestors in our database, as we find them. We locate vital records, census records, military records, newspaper articles, immigration records and on and on.
Then there comes a time when we have connected with quite a few family members, think cousins. And, we’ve joined a multitude of groups on Facebook specific to our areas of research. We’ve joined societies and gone to seminars. We’ve visited courthouses and libraries and maybe even the Family History Library in Utah. We have a tree on Ancestry and those hints just never stop popping up….and I’m talking about the good hints.
We have now reached the point where we have SO MUCH information, we can’t focus on which family or person to research. This is a good problem to have, but…..this is pretty much where I’m at right now.
What to do?
This is the exact question I asked myself as I was driving somewhere yesterday. How in the world can I focus on just one person or one family when all these wonderful pieces of information are coming at me?
Well, I need to find a way, because what I’m doing right now isn’t working. Yes, I’m getting some research done, but I don’t feel as if I’m doing that deep, thorough research that I really enjoy.
Apparently I’m not alone.
Amy Johnson Crow wrote a blog post about this very subject, just yesterday. It’s titled “How to Avoid Genealogy Overwhelm” and you can find her article here.
Amy did a great job of explaining just what I was feeling and how we can go about “fixing” this problem.
I’ll follow up this post and let you know how I’m doing.
Please tell me if you’ve felt the same way? What you’ve done about it, if anything? The more tips we can get the better for all of us.
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