Most of us have heard about the benefits of a positive and clear mindset. A clear mindset is also important to have while on our journey of discovering our family history. A clear mindset is the best way to ensure that the time we are dedicating to learning about our ancestors is used wisely and with purpose so we gain the correct knowledge about our ancestors.
Here are three reasons why a clear mindset is so important:
1. Clarity helps to stay focus and find direction
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed or hopeless trying to uncover missing pieces of information from your family tree, you probably know how hard it can be to focus on what to do next. When you have clarity about your goals, you can be more productive when researching to uncover your family's history. When beginning your family history you start by filling out a family tree or pedigree chart. This helps you to visually see the areas of your tree that are missing information, so you know what you need to focus on. Luckily for us, there are several great genealogy forms that are a great tool to help to gain clarity within our research.
2. Clarity makes researching easier
When you have a clear idea of what information you are looking for, it is so much easier to begin filling in more of your family tree or pedigree chart. If you have ever begun doing research on a particular ancestor and an hour later you realize you are researching a completely different ancestor, you probably did not have a clear goal of what you planned to work on before your research session. Having a goal and an understanding of the direction you would like to focus your time on during your research session will help to be a lot more productive in trying to uncover information about your ancestor.
3. Clarity helps to push through doubt
Struggling to uncover information about an ancestor can create feelings of frustration. Historical records could possibly no longer exists or never existed in the first place. A clear mindset will help you to clearly analyze the situation. Clarity can help give you the drive to truly be certain that you have exhausted all possibilities. An example, you may have an ancestor who was imprisoned in Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. Your goal is that you want to learn about his experience while imprisoned there. If you have dates that he was there, you can use that information to see if there were others who wrote about their personal accounts. By looking at how to reach the goal of uncovering your ancestor's experience within Andersonville you pushed past the doubt and figured out a different way to research the information you were looking for.