I have been in a little funk when it come to my genealogy research. I just couldn’t get motivated! I know I have several projects that need to be started or worked on, but the motivation was just not there.
Well I just didn’t sit on my behind, that’s for sure. I was a bit overwhelmed at the projects looming ahead and decided to take that first step. I remember someone telling me, for the life of me I can’t remember who, but I was told that you can’t get anywhere, unless you take that first step. So I did. I looked at my list of projects and started on the one with the most priority, putting my family history up on this site. The best thing I did was to not look at the project as a whole, which is intimidating, but as broken-down smaller portions. First I broke the project down into families; Luna, Sanchez, Stanard, and Sullivan. Then I picked the family with the smallest amount of information, the Sanchez Family. I then broke that down a bit further by decided to just, at the moment, concentrate on my maternal grandfather’s family. My goal was to compare and contrast the information I had with the information that my mother had. My mother has been researching her family while I was working on my dad’s.
I love my mother very, very much and I loved seeing her get excited as she found new information on her family. However, she didn’t cite most of her sources and most of the documents that she has are stuffed into and semi-organized in several filing cabinets. So half of my work is done, the information has been found out. Now all I have to do is get the proof to show that the information we have is correct. I started by doing a few searches on familysearch.org to verify the information that I have and, to my surprise, I have found several christening documents that I could request from the Family History Library. This was the boost, the positive reinforcement, the motivation I needed to get me “on the jazz” as my husband calls it.
I am more motivated now to finish with my maternal grandfather and am looking forward to moving to other branches and soon to be done and have it on the website.