Sometimes you have to downsize to clear your vision. My family tree has over 5,000 entries and, with all the Elizabeths, Marys, Johns and Williams, I was starting to get confused. My Family Tree Maker 2012 was also getting cranky. I “compacted” it. I linked and unlinked it. I spent quite a few minutes talking to various Ancestry.com representatives. So I decided to make a new tree with direct ancestors only—no cousins, no uncles, no aunts… Life is better now. I can focus just on the main folks.
I haven’t forgotten my 5,000+ tree, but instead have put it aside for awhile. I will return to the collateral people after my break.
Is your tree getting out of control? Try a little spring cleaning.