Welcome to week 27 of my Genealogy challenge, from the wonderful Amy Johnson Crow, of writing something about your Ancestors for a whole year, #52Ancestors in 52 weeks. This week’s prompt is ‘solo’ and I am going to give this a little twist and say that you don’t have to go it alone and ‘Fly Solo’, in fact the opposite is true!
When you first start researching you tree you probably only had one particular thought and mission in mind, maybe to find out what Great-Grandad did during the War, or find of what happened to Aunt Jean who emigrated to Canada. However once you have been bitten by the Family History bug, it’s almost impossible to stop. The more questions you answer, the more questions you create and so you strive to solve more complex puzzles and it’s normally at this point that you hit the ‘Genealogy Brickwall’.
It’s at this point that Researchers can become disillusioned and lose interest fast, but don’t worry, help is normally only a few clicks away!
The Genealogy Community is a very helpful one and people are normally only too willing to give advice and help. Whether it’s about a specific Country, Canada, a particular subject matter, WW1, or advice on anything from software to photographs, an expert is normally close at hand. I am a member of lot of different forums of a broad range of family History related topics.
One great family history forum can be found Here
You can also join a family History Society, again these localized groups have tons of local knowledge and expertise that you can tap into, don’t be shy we are a friendly group and only too willing help people from all levels of experience. I am a member of a number of Family History Societies and have benefited enormously from their friendly help and advice.
Contact long lost cousins and consider collaborating your work together.
Join in the fun every Tuesday night on Twitter at #AncestryHour at 7pm or join in with #GenChat on Twitter also.
Consider attending Family History shows and events, once we are out of Lockdown, again these are a great way to improve your knowledge and socialize and meet fellow ‘Genies’. I have attended many shows over the last few years and can’t wait for 2021 and hopefully we will see Family Tree Live and Rootstech both happening again in London.
So although it’s ‘Your Family Tree’, it doesn’t have to stop with just you! There is no need to go ‘Solo’ when you can join in the fun with the Family History Community!