Hello all! I have been reading several genealogy articles, blogs, websites, magazines, etc. on a variety of topics. While most are very good and very well written, I am struck by one thing many have in common.
When they talk about ‘how to’ and tips and suggestions they go into such mammoth detail, have such a laundry list of actions, items, etc. that I soon lose interest. As I was reading the last two I think I hit on why:
One: I realize that I only have so much time in the world and if I did everything they suggest, I would never have any time for doing any actual genealogy!
Two: I realize that while many of the lists and suggestions are valid, they all too frequently forget the first (and often the most crucial) step!
For instance: One article dealt with what you need to do and to have to be ‘prepared’ for a visit to a cemetery. Great article. Wonderful in its’ detail and focus, but they missed one, to me, crucial item: Step one: CALL AHEAD! I know of precious few cemeteries that have staff on site anymore. Most that I frequent do not even have maps on site. If you don’t call ahead, it won’t make any difference how wonderful your ‘kit’ is, because you will spend all day meandering around looking for where the one gravestone you need might be located!
For instance number two: A very good article on how to be organized and how to keep your data, family tree, photos, documents, etc. Half way through I realized that one, I do not have near enough money for all the software and services the author was talking about, two, I do not have enough money for all the special cases, holders, 15 thumb drives, etc. and three, I don’t have enough time to get THAT organized! If I did …. I’d be more organized!
SO MY ANSWER IS THIS: “Tips For The *Real World* Genealogist”. Short, sweet, inexpensive, easy, but solid, useful tips to help us each do a little bit better job on our passion …. our family history! Naturally, I welcome your *Real World* tips too!
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Until then, Onward To Our Past!