Genealogy Shouldn't Be Stressful

Deciding to learn about your family history is done to help you understand who your ancestors are and where they came from. There is no requirement to learn about your family history in order to live your best life. Although learning about your history gives you a better understanding of yourself. For those who decide to take the journey of discovering their family history is it a choice. Therefore there should be no stress felt along the journey.

If you are feeling stress because you are struggling to find information about an ancestor or because you are becoming buried under information you have discovered, it might be time to take a break to analyze how you can remove the stress of the journey.

If you are stressing because you are trying to locate information about an ancestor or want to figure out how to organize everything, there are a few things you can try to help calm those stressed feelings.

  1. Try talking to a friend who also does genealogy. Share what is going on to see what ideas they might have that you could try. Sometimes a new person looking at the situation can be the best helper.

  2. The genealogy community on social media is so wonderful. You can post a question or problem you are having any time of the day or night. There are so many great people who love sharing genealogy tips and can help with problem-solving a brick wall.

  3. Reach out to a genealogical or historical society. Especially if you reach out to one from the area your ancestor was from. Chances are the member of the society can help point you in the right direction if they aren't able to help.

  4. Consider hiring a genealogist. Yes, this will cost money. You do not need to hire them to do all your research. Asking for help with a specific brick wall might be worth the money. Their experience could help find the information much quicker than it would have taken you to find.

  5. Check out some recent genealogy blogs and vlogs. There is so much information available to help with genealogy research. New content is being published every day.

  6. Unfortunately due to various reasons you may have to accept that there is going to be information about your ancestor you might never be able to figure out. That is just a part of doing genealogy.

Discovering your ancestors should be an enjoyable journey. Do not let stress become part of the journey of learning about your ancestors and their history.

Until next time, take care.

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