Have you considered helping someone else with their genealogy? I’m not suggesting spending months of intense research. But have you considered:

  • Offering to take pictures of stones in a nearby cemetery? This offer could be posted to a Rootsweb mailing list. Best to start with a small cemetery.
  • Performing lookups in a book you have at home?
  • Answering a query on a mailing list that does not relate to one of your families?

Sometimes it feels good to just help someone else with their research. Sometimes it generates good “genealogy karma.” And sometimes when you help someone else, you learn something that later helps you with your own research.



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  1. Great suggestion – and I’m always amazed at the kindness of those I’ve met in the genealogy community. Always so willing to share and to help. Thanks for your site – it’s terrific!

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