18 January 2011

Still Looking for Approval

Hopefully my ancestors approve even slow people like me. I took a trip to Mesa to be at my friend's wedding and here I am back again and still complaining of too much to do.
Five more reasons I am surprised, enlightened and what was that third thing? Oh yes, humbled.
I've discovered:
Lars Jørgensen birth record
1 - How much I can forget from one research adventure to another. Did I mention that I am slow? But thorough--I've been known to search in the same place 2, 3, or even more times. Mostly because I didn't keep a good enough research log, forgot to write something in my research log, forgot my research log, couldn't find my research log anywhere, etc. Keeping a research log is key for me. One night my sister Jill and I were at the library plowing through the Danish records. We came across a particularly hard-to-read parish entry so of course we asked for help from a consultant. After he read it, we looked at each other as the light dawned and held back our embarrassed giggles until we were out of his hearing. Yes, we now remembered that we had asked for help with that particular entry before. From the same consultant. He didn't indicate in any way that he remembered the last occasion only two weeks before, so we hoped...

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).

So there they are. Five more wonderful insights gained by me in doing this work. I do have a list of blogs to highlight. I'm loving my reading. Meantime, send me a comment if you don't have ancestor approval and would like it.

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).


  1. I'm smiling as I read this post because I can identify with so much of it. I also found it difficult to assign an Ancestor Approved Award but became familiar with many other blogs I had not seen before. Maybe that's the point.
    Good luck.

  2. I love these comments, especially #1. And #2. They're so true. It's just great to be involved in something that many would consider work, but we consider fun.

  3. I so totally understand! :-) Great post!

  4. I think your ancestors approve of you. why would they put time limits on what you do? why would you put time limits on what you do? Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming. . .soon we will reach the goal, and we will know it when we reach it.

  5. Just wanted you to know I read this blog and enjoy it! Keep up the good work. You are sister approved.

  6. Enjoyed your sincere and self-effacing post. Genealogy research is a grand adventure, isn't it? You do not know what will happen next, and can look back and be grateful for what you have learned - even the speed bumps! " I'm convinced of the importance of knowing who we are by knowing where we came from", that is so well put!