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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 3

Re: I'm stopping this madness!!
In Response To: I'm stopping this madness!! ()

It's spring. Hug a tree. Admire the daffodils. Try to remember if the birds are singing more than last year. Relax and have patience!

Many people have the VERY BADLY MISTAKEN impression that they can find a place on the net and presto change-o they have history back 5 generations. It almost never happens that way, especially for regular folks. This won't be finished for you for YEARS. So pace yourself. Keep yourself going.

If you can't find the exact people you are researching, read websites or books about the area. Read the websites and histories of other families who have settled in the area, or about the church in that time frame, or the military, or the slave narratives for your area. The more you educate yourself on the situation your family lived in, the more the puzzle pieces fit together.

Read ALL the websites you can find about your area. Post on all the message boards. You may get answers from one in ten, but could you predict which one. So get your story out.

Organize what you DO have carefully, share it with a genealogy friend or interested family member who may ask questions or make comments to make you think of different options. If you already have records back to 1880 or 1870, you have a LOT of data. If you have it well organized it will make placing queries easier and more focused. Help other people with YOUR information.

Sometimes it helps to take a break.
Work on another ancestor for a while. Your mother's family instead of your father's.
Try to add more depth to what you DO know,before tring just to push back to the next generation. Create a timeline working back from yourself and try to describe what important family members were doing every 10 years....where did they live, work, worship, socialize, with whom?
Record a cemetery that hasn't been recorded, or transcribe some records that have not been transcribed.

Unfortunately, there are few quick and easy answers. Because everone's story is a unique chapter in the American experience, many of the difficulties will be unique as well. Keep working at your history patiently. Every hour spent reading and studying is honoring yourself, your ancestors and your history.

Don't EVER give up!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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