Wednesday, October 10, 2012

GENEALOGY TRAIN WRECK


I’ve been on a fast moving train lately. The train visited the New England Historical Society, the Allen County Public Library and countless cemeteries. I’ve been accumulating new genealogy books and magazines, new CDs about my surnames and many eBay genealogical “finds.” I’ve been downloading webinars daily.  I’ve had my DNA tested and have contacted countless DNA hits. I am even listening to the book Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick (http://www.amazon.com/Mayflower-Story-Courage-Community-War/dp/0143111973) on my way to and from work. Talk about information overload. The paper pile has risen to an all-time high. Today I realized that the train must slow down before it crashes and burns.  That train, of course, is me.



And so today I am filing the many sheets of paper into their appropriate surname binders while listening to the fine webinars from the Family Tree University Virtual Conference from last month.  I am not even going to add a bunch of links and footnotes to this post. Sometimes you have to step back and take a breath.  I know that if I carefully examine all the material I have amassed I will start to see a clearer picture of my ancestors.

The hourglass of time does not stop, but sometimes you just have to let the sand flow and not try to outrun it. 

ILLUSTRATION BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Advertising Cuts of the 20s and 30s, 2003.

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