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Re: I'm at a stand still
In Response To: I'm at a stand still ()

I've been there, and frequently revisit the "standstill" phase of research.

In my family, a dozen or so are interested enough to occasionally discuss new finds. There are 5 or 6 who are actually researching (3 or 4 I've never met but we share ancestors and research). More are "interested" if you present the data in a clean format, already figured out. Many are uncomfortable with data that is conflicting or raises questions. Questions disturb a lot of people, especially about issues like MONEY, or parentage, or WHY did one sibling leave and lose contact etc. Pictures are great, but for many trigger mixed memories.

Many people, perhaps most people just don't care. As it has been pointed out to me, "They are all dead! What does it matter?"

But for me it matters. SO I keep researching. Order in the next microfilm. Buy the new book from the county. Plan library or cemetery stops on vacation trips. And generally carry on. Since I have been researching for some years, "major" breakthroughs are few and far between; but the facts keep piling up.

This year I will diplay a large family tree and the updated family tree reports at the reunion. They are popular, and get browsed heavily. So there is SOME curiosity at least. Mostly the reunion is spent catching up on living people and food.

And I continue researching.

And when I am stuck on my own, I try to do a bit to help others. I enjoy the puzzle solving aspect of the research.....and sometimes it can be more "entertaining" when helping someone else with their family, perhaps because it is JUST the puzzle then, and not the heavy emotional involvement of FAMILY.

But I always come back to my own family eventually, and have at it again.

Stay with it. YOU want to know about YOUR ancestors so keep up the research!


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