Begin again, again

Stuck? Overwhelmed? Have you forgotten where you left off? There are lots of ways to restart your genealogy research, and there is no better time than now (in the northern hemisphere at least) during the cold grey days of winter. 

I tackled this problem in December by starting a new course from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. I have done several of their courses in the past and found an advanced methodology course that I hadn’t done. The discipline of working through the reading and assignments is exactly what I needed to re-energize my interest in my own research. 

New tools can often help you restart. Did you get a new scanner, camera or phone for Christmas? Give yourself time to learn how it works, then practice on your documents or artifacts until you feel comfortable with the features. Pretty soon you’ll be planning how to handle and file the new images, tying them to the ancestors in your family tree software.

Thomas MacEntee and Lisa Alzo are offering another option this month: Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp. Sounds like an excellent and inexpensive way to rekindle that passion!

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3 Responses to Begin again, again

  1. Thanks so much for the shout out! I always love doing a “kickstart” with my genealogy each new year – Lisa and I have some great ideas to make 2014 the best year ever for genealogy research!

  2. Celia Lewis says:

    Great post, Lynda. I’ve decided to “start again” – literally.
    I’ve upgraded my software, and am starting to rebuild my tree one person at a time, with documents added, sources relatively correctly added/cited, and with images too. Mine isn’t awful, it’s just got lots of errors due to too much enthusiasm in the beginning and not enough standardization in any entry! Plus I need to learn a few more ways to utilize helpful features in the software. Thanks for the reminder about learning.

  3. Great blog! And same over here. I got so overwhelmed by all the stack of papers and files and docs I collected over the last 20 years that my “resolution” for 2014 is digitalizing the whole stuff, keep the original papers and get rid of all the copies and copies of copies I have. I started with re-organizing my computer drive and even there I found lots of duplicates.

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