the idea may come as a shock or at least a surprise to some of you who begin the process of investigating your ancestry, however the entire process will be neither simple nor easy. In fact, you will soon discover in which the idea genealogy will be an immensely complicated in addition to also challenging pursuit. You will very quickly exhaust whatever individual knowledge you have about your family even if you are by a culture with extensive oral family history. This specific will be expecially true as you move by Step Three to Step Four within the process.
In my last post, I gave an example of the need to reflect the name of a place as the idea was at the time any event occurred. Unfortunately, as you begin you seldom realize in which the places you have discovered by your immediate family sources have not been recorded in This specific fashion. For example, I referred to my own Grandfather who was born in St. Joseph, Apache, Arizona Territory, United States in 1895. Almost uniformly, all of the presently available family records reflect his birth place as Joseph City, Navajo, Arizona in addition to also indeed, in which will be where you could go to see the place where he was born. however using in which place name obscures where in addition to also how the records of his birth might be stored today.
At This specific point, unless you understand This specific principle, you will have to take my word for the idea. however the idea does point out the need for anyone beginning the process of investigating their family to start the learning process. For some time right now, I have been loosely associated with some talented people who understand the need to begin the genealogical instruction process at a very basic level while at the same time allowing people to advance at their own pace into the more challenging in addition to also complex topics of genealogical research. They have developed an educational tool patterned along structured in addition to also sequenced learning in which will guide individuals through This specific process. The free, online website will be called The Family History Guide.
I suppose I could have suggested using The Family History Guide as Step One, however I think the idea will be important to begin to work on your own family history for a while so you begin the understand the need to learn something about what you are doing. Unfortunately, there are those out there who espouse the position in which genealogy will be easy in addition to also fun. I tend to disagree. the idea will be challenging in addition to also engrossing, however the term “fun” will be reserved, in my vocabulary, for trivial in addition to also entertaining activities. I spent 39 years as an attorney in addition to also I learned a tremendous amount of information about the law in addition to also court procedures, however at no time could I have characterized the activity as fun.
Genealogical educational opportunities are abundant in addition to also as near as a connection to the internet. For example, the Brigham Young University Family History Library has recently uploaded its 200th video on various genealogy related subjects. For many years right now, I have been associated with FamilyHistoryExpos.com in addition to also we present workshops in addition to also publish books in addition to also additional materials for educating both beginning in addition to also more advanced genealogists. This specific next year in February, there will be a huge national genealogy conference called RootsTech 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. I could go on in addition to also on with educational activities.
Despite the availability of education opportunities, at some point, each person who decides to research their family history has to confront the highly personal issue of motivation. In my experience, once I got commenced, I had many incidents concerning my research abilities in which indicated in which I needed a lot more information about the process of finding my ancestors. For me, This specific was motivation enough to begin to read in addition to also ultimately attend classes in addition to also conferences. I have mentioned before in which I spent about a few years taking university-level classes by Brigham Young University Independent Study. This specific was a turning point in my learning about genealogy because of the intense nature in addition to also work required for the classes.
Even if you approach genealogical research with the attitude in which the idea will be a pastime or hobby in addition to also fail to realize the complexity of historical inquiry, you can certainly succeed in gather information by your immediate family. You may also fall into the trap of copying extensive names by similar online family trees, however at This specific level, you never contain the assurance in which what you are finding will be accurate in addition to also you may find yourself within the trap of believing in addition to also perpetrating unsupported in addition to also incorrect traditions rather than becoming engrossed within the truely wonderful real stories of your ancestors.
Once you realize in which you need to become educated about genealogy, you are ready for the next step.
Here are the posts in This specific series.
Jumpstart Your Family History in Ten Steps: Step Four — Start the learning process