GenTraveling – never finished, only abandoned

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Hello GenTravelers!

So many quotes about other subjects are equally true about genealogy and GenTraveling!  Above is my spin on what Leonardo Da Vinci said:

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So, my question is, when do you determine when you abandon one line and leap to another? Do you have any rhyme or reason? Is it when you hit a brick wall? Is it when you get bored of some certain ancestors?  Let me know, will you?

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12 thoughts on “GenTraveling – never finished, only abandoned

  1. To be honest I think it’s a boredom factor in my case, but possibly different from other folks. I get bored very quickly with just finding names and dates which is why I research occupations and contexts. I’ve virtually exhausted tin mining now and 5 generations in Cornwall so it’s Devon and Durham next as I move over to my fathers line

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      • I’ve just found one today …. a newspaper article written 5 years ago, a woman named in it asking for people to phone if they know anything about her great grandmother (one of my great aunts) whose husband died trying to save others when a copper mine flooded. I phone the number she left, but she doesn’t live there now. Contacted the newspaper, they are searching for her. There’s a lot more to this!

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  2. I don’t really leave a line until I’ve gone back and forward as far as I can. That doesn’t mean I am finished—just that for that moment with the resources available to me, I have found what I can find about everyone in that line—not just my direct ancestors, but also their siblings and their siblings’ children and other descendants. For example, I have now spent almost 18 months on my Goldschmidt family.

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  3. Because I’m working on a book, those family lines take most of my time. This is a story, not a genealogy. But I work other lines looking for stories for my blog and family newsletter. Or an intriguing hint will appear and off I go!

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  4. Its usually frustration about lack of progress that makes me abandon one line – but I know its good to return to it a few days/weeks/months later as something new often turns up after a break. And I am also prone to following ‘intriguing hints’ – they might disappear if I don’t follow them now, right?!!

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    • So true! I should make myself a tickler to come back to lines I semi-abandon, because I usually get caught up and busy with the next one. That’s a very good policy to return a few days/weeks later.

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