Keeping It Simple S… here on the Sanctuary.
Preparing for a field trip for a bit of researching and possibly doing a little of junking while out and about. Love both so why not coordinate both and have twice the fun. It’s late, so will just add this tidbit to this blog site. Will be starting from scratch (AGAIN) stories of my genealogical research on THOMPSON/VanOSDELL in a few days.
Preparing for what? Preparing for a field trip aka vacation to a specific courthouse for evidence of a particular fact. Whatever lineage you are currently working on may one day require a field trip for evidence that they actually did live in the area researching. Courthouses have all sorts of information stored within those walls and drawers. There are land records, tax records and if the surname is not so common, one may find hints in the marriage records of possible relatives who may lead you to your special one.
Walking into a courthouse without a list of exactly what and who it is you are searching could lead to wasted time; especially if actual courthouse/archives is several hours away. Vacations could be intertwined with those field trips. Becoming familiar with an area one’s ancestral family lived is an excellent way to know them. Once we delve into tracing our roots, we also become involved in historical events in areas of the country; trying to gain insight into the why settle in such an area.
My genealogy years and learning what it takes to find EVIDENCE on a particular someone in my family to gather that evidence of a grandparent of mine has taught me that it doesn’t stop just because it appears evidence can not be found. That is when I really learned that I had to kick my brain to another gear merging what I may find with that person to investigate the possibility of it being a TRUTH in their life.
Can I do this one more time? Yes, I can. Yes, I can. Set time aside for the research while attending to what needs are to be done for the day in my own life. Ooooh my, this may require a bit of discipline within my own life. Hmmmm, discipline you say? A place for everything and everything in its place. Thought I had that one, except for the papers accummulated during my research. What do I do with that? Hmmm, ever thought of filing it? I hate filing. It’s so mundane as a needed activity within my daily life, but is needed for order. How do I obtain that order? Start from the beginning of your day. You got up; prepared and fixed your coffee. Enjoy it, while you check on the news of what is happening around you. DO NOT GET INVOLVED, just check on it for awareness.