Geneachat: Junebugs~What Bugs You About Genealogy? -Recap What Did Y’all Have to Say?

Geneachat: Junebugs~What Bugs You About Genealogy? -Recap What Did Y’all Have to Say?

This month we shared what bugs us as we peruse our genealogy activities.

As a starter, I shared a few things that bug me:

Not having enough time to do my own research
Ancestors who did not write names on pictures
Records that I cannot find
People who copy another person’s work
DNA and tree matches that won’t share
Unsourced family trees
People who don’t play nice in the sandbox
When Word doesn’t autosave and loses a whole article when my computer crashes
The end of a season of genealogy TV
Clients not realizing my services aren’t for free or they only have to pay IF I find something
Eyerolls when you want to share a happy dance moment…..
Gosh, I could go on and on!
While I love what I do, there are some days that get annoying.

So, what did y’all say?

Many of you commented on unsourced trees. Yes, they can be such a maddening part of our work! At the same time, they can contain some very important clues.

Disappointment working with genealogy societies and associations who seemed to be more interested in the bottom line than supporting their members was a biggie. Perhaps a way to combat those issues is to become an active member of a board and try to make changes.

And just in the last few days, we have seen the fall out of changes in the industry. The FamilySearch announcement of microfilm rentals being stopped has everyone buzzing. Change, even for the better is always hard.

When these situations occur and things begin to bug us, it’s time to step back and look at the big picture.
Why do we do what we do? Because we love it! There are ways to take those “buggie” issues and turn them around. Take some time with those issues that cause frustration and try to find a way to turn them into positive learning experiences.
Those things that bug us, can be the same things that help us become better genealogists and family historians.

Remember, it’s never too late to join in a GeneaChat! Feel free to add your comments and blog posts to share what bugs you and ideas to prevent them in the future!

Thanks for GeneaChatting!

Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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