Ugh! I don’t know what it is but I think I’m stuck. Burn out? Boredom? Brickwalls? Or a combination of all.

In recent months, I’ve been really excited about the finds I’ve been making and the paths I’ve traveled. However, if I have a spare moment to switch on to my ancestors these days. I just find myself staring at the computer not knowing where to go. Since I don’t know where I want to go, I just stare for a few minutes and then find something else to do.

I wonder if other genealogists also have these challenges. I also wonder what they do about it. Since I’m a patient genealogist, I think this is a time to be patient with myself.

I’m not giving up on genealogy. Thankfully it’s a lifelong process and hobby. I’m just realizing this month is a month of transition. School has started for the youngsters. My husband is working full-time, completing a bathroom remodel, coaching soccer, and serving at church. I’m a home educator of four and I’m trying to finish a quilt by Christmas. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Add to that worry for my children. The oldest one has two friends moving away. She makes friends easily, so I’m not terribly worried, but she is. And my second just learned his best friend is moving away. That is a huge bombshell. Though we’re happy for the family, we’re so sad to see their son go. My son has had a harder time making friends. I’m really worried about how he’ll weather this storm.

So I suppose this mind of mine is a bit taxed and a brief respite is necessary. However, my mind doesn’t really take breaks for too long. So, I suppose the best thing I can do is assess where I want to head. I’ve found that I’ve have been using a dartboard approach to genealogy. It’s fine in the ‘survey’ phase but now I need to find some true direction and set some specific research goals. This is where even more patience will come in. I have four lines to research. Which one do I pick? Which person on that line do I focus on? Should I work on more than one person at a time to be more ‘efficient’ when searching a particular record (say Ohio Tax Rolls for Franklin County)? I don’t know and I really need some guidance.

Hopefully, this stuck period will result in a time of stepping back from what I have, formulating the big picture, and seeing where to head off next. I have hope.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

4 thoughts on “Stuck!?

  1. I second what Greta suggests – focus on family for awhile, and perhaps when things settle down (though do they ever settle with four children?), try to pick a "favorite" ancestor and work on that line. Good luck!

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