Genealogy Tip for Real World Genealogists: Follow Nike’s Suggestion!
Just Do It!
Nike® sure has that right – and it rings true for those of us who love genealogy just as much as it does marathoners or CrossFit fans such as our grown children who ‘did it’ even over Christmas.
My genealogy tip for those of us who love genealogy, but also live in the real world where time and money are always shorter than we wish, is to remember Nike’s admonition and JUST DO IT!
The Internet has given us many wonderful advantages in our genealogy work. More and more records online thanks to the folks at http://www.FamilySearch.org, http://www.myheritage.com, http://www.ancestry.com, and others. Digital reproductions of books previously unavailable through such wonderful sites as http://books.google.com, http://archive.org, and others. Newspapers from the days of our ancestors on sites from http://www.genealogybank.com, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov, and many more.
We can also take courses, look at websites, and learn from others without having to wait until an annual or biannual conference of our favorite genealogy societies. There are free courses and courses that cost far more than a pretty penny. They seem to be everywhere now days. It is almost impossible to conduct a Google® search on ‘genealogy’ without having your results being chockfull of offers to take someone’s course about some aspect of genealogy.
If you have the time and the money these can be wonderful opportunities, but they can also be huge users of your time. If we aren’t careful we can end up spending more of our precious time trying to get ready to do genealogy than actually working on it!
The beauty of genealogy is that you can’t break it. So just dive in and get started! Sure there are things you need to learn, but don’t spend all your time trying to learn everything before you dive in.
Pick what software you enjoy using and get going. There will always be new systems, new versions of old favorites, and new programs developed you could learn about using. However, if what you use works, I’d suggest you not worry too much about ‘the next great thing’ someone is insisting you ‘must learn’ in order to do your genealogy well or to make yourself happy doing it and instead Just Do It!
Remember also the words of President Theodore Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
So did in and enjoy every bit of genealogy that you can! Otherwise you miss out on all the fun.
Just Do It!
Onward To Our Past®