16 April 2013

Make Family History a Habit

Back in January, on the World Vital Records Blog, David Rodeback did a piece, Nine Ways to Make Family History a Habit.

I found it an interesting read.  He focused a lot on maintaining momentum and that is often where the “work” in genealogy truly comes in.  We all love the excitement of a neat find and what do you do when there are no neat finds?  We know the answers probably won’t just pop into our lap and yet we are often “defeated” by a lack of results.

I would have to say that his #4 is my main strategy.  When I was doing my own family (and my husbands), when I stalled, I would shift family lines.  Eventually, I ran out of family lines to work on and then became a professional researcher.  Not that my own personal research is finished (is it ever?) and I needed to work on something different where I had a better chance of success!

Would you add another way to make family history a habit?
Which of the listed ways is your preferred strategy?

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