How have you been doing with your goals in genealogy for 2023? Not quite hitting the mark? Me either. I have been distracted by new research opportunities and excellent zoom classes. While I could feel bad about this, I will focus on the positive. I’ve found new family information, learned a ton of new things and now have the opportunity to buckle down and refocus on my goals. Let’s look at some distractions that actually help you become a better genealogist.
Have you ever started gathering your genealogy research to start writing about a particular family and then realized that you don’t have a vital document or didn’t write down a source? Inevitably for me I then wander down a path to finding that data and possibly more. Is it a bad thing? Sometimes because we know that researching family history is never truly complete. If we are using the distraction to avoid writing or with mindless wandering, then we probably need be more aware. On the other hand, by reviewing your data (which I know I’ve mentioned in several blogs) we may discover information that we didn’t process, new hints for brick walls or new online data to search.
Writing is a solitary occupation and sometimes we are not in the right frame of mind to focus. If that is the case, organizing your data, updating your sources, and looking for those stray facts might be the best use of your time. If you use these distractions all of the time to avoid writing, then that is another topic.
Here are some good distractions the next time you are stuck in writing your family history.
Distractions are sometimes good for us as we navigate our family history stories. Take some time this week to purposely be distracted. Happy Exploring!
With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.