Never Give Up: Why Multiple Online Searches are Key to Genealogy Success
You know what can make all the difference in your genealogy research? Conducting online searches multiple times. I know that it can be frustrating to hit a brick wall in your research, especially when you feel like you've exhausted all of your resources. But let me tell you, there is hope!
One of the most important things to remember is that genealogy research is an ongoing process. It takes time, patience, and a little bit of creativity to uncover your family's hidden history. But here's the thing: online resources and databases update all the time with sources that were previously unavailable and not uploaded. That means, when you conduct online searches again after some time has passed since the first time the search was conducted, you may find valuable clues that you missed the first time around.
This happened to me once and I obliterated my toughest brick wall. I searched newspapers again (I'd just searched two months before). The database updated with a new batch of uploads. The answer to my brick wall was right there! My ancestor's brother was name and his origin was listed. Boom!
I know it can be overwhelming to feel like you're not making any progress, but I want to encourage you to keep going! Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh perspective to uncover new information. By coming back to your research with fresh eyes, you may see things that you missed before or find new sources of information that were previously undiscovered.
It's also important to take breaks when you hit a brick wall in your research. Trust me, I've been there! Taking a step back and coming back to your research with a renewed sense of purpose can make all the difference. During this time, you can conduct other searches or focus on other aspects of your research, which can help you to clear your mind and approach your brick wall from a different angle.
And here's some good news: your own knowledge and experience can grow over time. As you gain more experience with genealogy research, you may develop new techniques and strategies for searching records. By conducting multiple searches, you can put these new techniques and strategies to the test and potentially uncover new information about your ancestors.
I want to encourage you to never give up on your genealogy research. Every small piece of information that you uncover can help you to build a more complete picture of your ancestors' lives. Even if you never uncover all the answers, the journey itself is a valuable experience that can help you to connect with your ancestors and your own family history.
Remember, conducting online searches multiple times is an essential part of genealogy research. By doing so, you can take advantage of new information, improve your research techniques, and potentially break down brick walls that may have previously seemed impenetrable. Be sure to take breaks when needed, and most importantly, never give up on your research.
You've got this! I'm rooting for you and wish you all the best in your genealogy journey.