Research Assistance

I don’t know about most of you, but I tend to be a single focused person and I tend to be a control freak. I don’t mind saying it because it is true. I got it from my mother. We both come from the point of view that if you want something done right, you do it yourself. I have a difficult time asking for help most of the time, but sometimes I need some help and, at times, I have 2 decent assistants. My son, who is now 22 soon to be 23 in April, has begun to enjoy hearing about my genealogy research and has asked to help and to learn about the various research methods. He is also my video and photography guy. I hope you checked out my first video! We will be working on some interviews soon.

Then, there is my daughter, who is 10 soon to be 11 in March. Now, she is my organizational expert. She loves to sort and file. If I have a pile of documents or photographs that need to be gone through and organized, she is my girl. Meanwhile, she is going to read them and ask me questions. This gets her engaged in the genealogy process and gets her interested as well. She likes to hear stories about what people did long ago. I hope that as she gets older I can work her into other avenues of the genealogy research, consulting and business organization that will help keep me going. Making this a family effort is heartwarming for me. You’ll see the three of us in the above photo. We were in Mobile, Alabama, my birth home, meeting some new cousins.

Does any of your family help you in your research (spouses aside)? How do they help? Do they live near you, or do they help from a distance? How do you make that work in terms of priorities and sharing? In this case, I would always recommend that you make use of DropBox, OneDrive, Google Drive or some file sharing service so that you can share files. I prefer DropBox and OneDrive myself. I use Microsoft 365 business service and get OneDrive as a part of that. I can pull up documents on any of my devices no matter where I am. It is a Godsend.

I hope that you are able to share your research with your family and to engage them in that research. To me there is really nothing worse than a family who is indifferent to the gift you are trying to give them. Perhaps engaging them in the research would open their eyes and heart to the beautiful lives of those who came before us and who helped shape our lives without us even knowing about it.

I hope you have a fabulous Friday and a marvelous weekend. Stay warm!

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