Keep Your Genealogy Fire Burning

Avoid genealogy burn out with these tips.

Are you feeling a lack of desire to pursue your family history? Discover how to keep the genealogy fire burning by changing your focus.

You may have attended:

  • a local Family History Discovery Day
  • a regional or international genealogy conference (RootsTech, The Genealogy Show, MyHeritage Live, or the National Genealogy Society events_
  • an online webinar or workshop
  • a genealogical society meeting

You were filled with exciting knowledge and tips to try. But now, you have no motivation or desire to climb your family tree.

Oh, no! What should you do to stop the burnout?

You’ve spent too much time and money to watch the flames die.

Keep the genealogy fire burning all year long.

Reimagine Your Purpose

You have to begin with the end in mind and determine your purpose. What do you want to accomplish?

  • Organize your family’s photos and documents to increase your family’s chance of keeping their legacy.
  • Find the name of the earliest ancestor on your mother’s paternal line.
  • Validate the family legend that you descend from an aristocratic family.
  • Join a lineage society.
  • Write a family history.

All of these goals and more are worthwhile. Just pick one and focus on that. The one you choose should motivate you to do a little something regularly.

Help Someone Else

A sure-fire way to keep your genealogy fire burning when you’ve lost the motivation to climb your family tree is to help someone else.

If these suggestions are not inspiring, then HELP someone else. You could:

  • Volunteer at a local genealogy library to assist with patron questions.
  • Do volunteer research for folks posting queries in Facebook groups.
  • Fill photograph requests on Find A Grave.
  • Help your neighbor organize their family files and photos.
  • Index records through familysearch.org/indexing.

Read a Historical Fiction Book

Whenever I hit a genealogy research slump, I delve into historical fiction. One of my favorites is the Poldark series by Winston Graham. I’ve learned so much about family dynamics, social context, and more from reading these books. I love the family tree in a few of the middle books that help me keep track of the different characters in the story and how they are related.

Find a historical fiction book, even if it doesn’t relate to your ancestors, and read about the past. Sometimes you have to restart the fire using a different fuel source.

For More Ideas:

If you need further ideas, check out our book: Reimagine Family History. We wrote the book specifically for friends and family members who felt burnt out with family history.

Reimagine Family History
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We expand the various aspects of family history and help you pick something that stokes your fire right now.

Whatever you do, don’t let the flames go out in your genealogy fireplace. Find different fuel sources and keep the fire burning.

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.

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