"Pause" on Genealogy Research

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

How many of you have been researching your family tree non-stop for months, years, or decades? Maybe it would not be a bad idea to put a "Pause" on genealogy research once in a while.

A "Pause" allows for time to review the information you have gathered to help in your search to learn more about your ancestors. It also gives you a chance to make sure the same information is the same across the board from family binders, online family tree, genealogy software, and digital genealogy files.

I am sure I am not the only one who has purchased reference books at genealogy conferences or online with the intent to use for research. I do not want to admit how many of those reference books I have purchased and have not even used yet. During a "Pause" is a great time to dust off those books and see how they can aid in your research.

The "Pause" is also a great time to reach out to those new cousins you have been meaning to really start connecting with and sharing or comparing family history with.

There are so many things that can be tackled on a To-Do list during a "Pause" that would really be benefical. A "Pause" can be planned for a month or two months at a time. Winter time is a great time to for a pause especially if you live in the snowy areas of the world. Make a list of what you would like to accomplish during your "Pause" and put it somewhere that you will see it everyday. The hardest part of the "Pause" is remindering yourself not to do any research.

I would love to hear about your "Pause" journey and what you were able to accomplish during the time. What worked for you? What did you struggle with? Did you find something you had not expected?

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