If you are writing a family history (even a brief one), set yourself a deadline. While there are frequently new sources or items that can be discovered, if you wait until you are totally “finished” you may never get any writing done.

That doesn’t mean you do shoddy work or create compilations that are incomplete. But sometimes a person has to write what they have. And any compilation can acknowledge that there are still stones left to turn over.



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  1. Thanks for the encouragement. I have a couple of “brick wall” lines, and I keep putting off writing what I DO know. I may never find out certain things, so I appreciate the reminder to work with what I have.


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