Try Working on a Totally New Family

Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.

The one line from the lyrics to the television show “Cheers,” may not be entirely correct (there’s a tip about assuming and memory), but “taking a break” is sound genealogical advice. Sometimes one comes back at their problems with a new perspective and a fresh attitude.

For those who just “can’t stop doing genealogy,” consider working on a family that is significantly different from your own:

  • Your relatives urban? Try working on a rural family.
  • Your relatives been in the United States for centuries? Try working on a family who immigrated in the late 19th or early 20 century.
  • Your relatives Baptist? Try working on a family that was Catholic, Jewish, Quaker, etc.
  • Your family all 19th-century German immigrants to the United States? Try working on a family of early 20th century Irish immigrants.

Broadening your research experience can help with your own research on your families of interest. And if you want to be a professional researcher in any capacity, researching families other than your own is an absolute must.

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