Thursday, January 02, 2014

As the pendulum swings

Are you having fun with your genealogy research, or are you bogged down with esoteric definitions of proof and evidence? Improving analysis and correlation skills is necessary, but have we forgotten to have fun in our ancestral quest?

This topic has weighed Ol' Myrt down for the past three weeks or so. Just today George Geder published a delightful and well-grounded post in the Family History and/or Genealogy blog, described on Facebook "For those just starting their journey in 2014..."
George has done it up right. No bullet points, no bold or italics, just a few simple suggestions. Thank-you George for telling it like it is, calmly. And then, every-so-gently, planting seeds of good research practices. Thank-you for not overwhelming folks. Ol' Myrt here particularly liked:
"There are more rules but enough already; use common sense in your research and you’ll do just fine."

Is the genea-pendulum swinging back to our "common sense" roots? Are we realizing that we're frightening off beginners tossing around post-graduate theories, when beginners are young freshmen in the world of genealogy? In efforts to refine research skills are we channeling Poe?

Could we better inspire fulfilling and accurate research employing gentle suggestions as George has done?

Me thinks so.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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