I tend to work on an on again and off again basis when it comes to family history. I’ll go at it hot and heavy for a few weeks and then get busy with other things for a month before getting back to it. That’s a shame because I really do enjoy it.
I enjoy research and digging. I’m to the point though with many lines of my family that it has gone back to when records were kept only sporadically or not at all. Sometimes the only indication that someone lived or died was written on the now lost pages of the family Bible.
Thanks to the Internet, information is more widely available than ever before and this has been especially helpful to genealogists. It can be time consuming and very expensive to fly to Britain or Germany or Russia. Not to mention the difficulties of dealing with the language problems. However it’s not difficult to drive across town.
It’s not the least bit unusual for someone to request a lookup of some ancestor on a genealogy forum in the hopes that someone from that town will see it. More often than not, the request is fulfilled.
Of course with the Internet and its vast information resources also come the problem of incorrect information. Like the time I found out that I had died in a car crash in 1984. Imagine my surprise! But a quick note to the source of that error and the matter was quickly cleared up.
It’s not so easy when there is no one to confirm or deny the information. So I’m sure it’s easy to understand my skepticism when I found out that I am related to Saint Agnes. It’s distantly, of course. She is something like a grand aunt times 20. But still the very idea that there is a SAINT in my family tree was, well shocking.
Seriously, someone has to have them in their family tree I suppose but you just never think it’s going to be you. Having double and triple checked the information, I’m more or less satisfied that it’s true. But that doesn’t mean I’m not open to more information that proves otherwise. Until then, Family Tree Maker, Ancestry and I will continue our quest.
Which reminds me of a couple of things. First of all, Ancestry is well worth the money spent on their website. The second thing is that Family Tree Maker is, in my opinion, the best software for creating a family tree. It’s as user friendly as it gets. Just make sure you back up everything and keep it stored on a disk. A bad computer crash should make you start from scratch.
Been there, done that. Luckily I had uploaded everything at my last log off to my personal site, included with Family Tree Maker. So I had a good back-up.
Remember to verify your sources and back up you data. Other than that, keep digging and maybe you will find a Saint in your history!