Running the Genealogy Marathon
I just got an email from the New England Historic Genealogical Society with the headline “Genealogical Research is a Marathon, Not a Sprint”. Then they suggested I buy some useful books to help in the marathon.
I’m not really interested in buying genealogy books at the moment but the headline resonated with me. I’ve been “stuck” in the same place in my family research for a long, long time and I’m trying to figure out how to move forward in my genealogy “marathon”. Plus, Monday is the Boston Marathon in which my niece is running so I’ve got “marathon” on the mind!
For those of you stuck in the same place, I thought I would share my plan for moving forward in case it might be helpful.
First, I’m going to stop researching the branch of the family tree where I’m stuck. I’m going to take all the files associated with that research and put them in the closet for at least six months. Why? I’m hoping that a break might give me some perspective and help me figure out a new way to approach my brick wall. Plus, in six months who knows what new information might be available online.
Second, I’m going to pick a new part of my family tree (far away from the problem part of my research) and start focusing on that. I need to find the fun in my research again and there is nothing better than solving a new mystery.
Third, I’m going to start teaching myself more about genetic genealogy. I’m fascinated by the subject but during the course of a conversation today with the library’s genealogy volunteer, Lynne Holland, I realized just how much I don’t know. So, I’m going to shake out some of my genealogy cobwebs by learning something new.
That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it! I’ll let you know how it goes. Happy research!