Motivational Monday – Or lack thereof.

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. 🙂

Motivational Monday – What Legacy will you leave for future generations?????

In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage – to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.” Alex Haley, Roots

 

The quote by Alex Haley begs to ask the question, what legacy will you leave behind for your future generations? 

I started researching my family tree because I wanted to find out about my dad’s side of the family.  Back in the mid ’80″s, my parents had been divorced for quite sometime and I was at my Dad’s annual family reunion.  My father had just introduced me to one of my aunts and as we were walking away from them, he asked me if I remembered my Aunt, I said no.  A few days later, I was thinking about the reunion and thought that it was very sad that although I knew a lot about my mom’s side of the family, I knew so little of my dad’s.  So started my quest to learn more, not just about my dad’s family but to also find out who I got my nose from!  It has been a hard quest, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.  I not only found out about my grandfather, but of his brothers, and his parents as well.  I found out what a musically inclined, hard working family I come from.  I found documents online that shows my grandfather’s trek to California from Mexico, where most of his children are born and where a few have died.  It would have been wonderful if he would have just jotted down what he knew of his family and where he came from, it would have given me great clues and furthered my research even father. 

So what legacy are you leaving behind.  Are you going to let your future generations struggle in finding information on where you are from and who the family is or are you going to give them some clues by just jotting down a few notes???

I will be jotting down notes!