Have you seen the movie Groundhog Day? The main character wakes up every morning, and it’s the same day, over and over. No matter how much he tries to change what he’s doing, he is stuck.
Sometimes, it feels like we are in the middle of a genealogy groundhog day! We keep looking and looking for that elusive ancestor or record and not get anywhere. Sometimes we repeat the same searches and look for the same records over and over because we fail to keep track of what we have done before.
Whatever the reason is, we feel stuck and are frustrated.
Are you stuck? Are you looking for someone you can’t find?
What document, photo or other record have you been looking for for years?
Have you caught yourself looking at the same books, documents or other records over again only to realize you have already done that?
Like everyone, I have made the mistake of not keeping track of my research and had to look up something again. I have failed to enter information and had to go back and see what a document said.
I have written some posts about frustrating ancestors and events that have kept me stuck for years. Some still are giving me that Ground Hog Day Feeling. I seem to search over and over and either come up with the same results or no results at all.
Research Grief, written for Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun shares my exasperation with searching for my great-great-grandfather Bertrand Campbell Price. I have written many posts about this man who disappeared in 1922 without a trace.
I wrote The Ancestor Banquet to share who I would like to spend some time with to get those answers to my long list of questions! Wouldn’t it be great to be able to sit down and asked them?
Now it’s your turn! Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Is there a person or document you just can’t find? Do you need to be more organized so that you don’t have to look for or run the same searches over and over? Are you suffering from Groundhog Day syndrome? We want to hear about it!!
You can participate in this month’s GeneaChat by sharing a blog post or leaving a comment letting us know where you are stuck and why. If you’ve been able to become “unstuck” let us know how! Need a better organizing system or found one that works? Please share!
Remember that links to your posts and the comments you leave will be part of the recap at the end of the month.
Looking forward to reading what y’all have to say!
Thanks for GeneaChatting!