Five more reasons I am surprised, enlightened and what was that third thing? Oh yes, humbled.
|Lars Jørgensen birth record|
2 - How much I don't know about nearly everything. I've been scanning blogs, looking for bloggers who haven't yet received ancestral approval. Most of you have. But I am learning so much in the search. I am reminded of the many conferences and classes I've attended. I always enjoy them and always learn so much. If only there were more time between classes so I could put what I learn into practice and hopefully retain something. I've borrowed a tip from my sister Beth when taking notes. She has a special spot in her notebook to write down something that she feels particularly inspired to do. Yes! Now, where did I put that last notebook?
BTW, I'm signed up for Rootstech. Are you?
3 - I can take photos to quickly scan an image from a microfilm. But I better put it in the right file, name it the right name, including the film name and number and enter it on my log that same day. And if I don't want to strain my eyes at it over and over again, I should really use Photoshop or another program to highlight, circle, or otherwise mark the place I found my ancestor.
4 - Books take forever to research, write and publish. And they grow! Enough said.
5- But they're worth it. You gotta love the process. The process of finding new cousins. The process of sharing photos and that one census that was hiding. The process of reading old letters and journals and really knowing an ancestor. The process of indexing (a good way of finding more errors even after the draft has been proofread three times).
By the way, thanks so much for the comments I receive. I love to get even a nod of, "yes, I agree" or "don't agree." Or anything that makes me think someone is reading (see title of blog above).