Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope more of you do than participated in the last several SNGF challenges), is to:1) What was your best family history or genealogy discovery (or discoveries) this past week (or month if you choose)?
Can anyone say monotony? Or monotonous? That’s how my genealogy research feels this past week / month.
You might ask how genealogy research can be monotonous. In my case, I’ve been verifying the leaf hints for the descendants of my third great grandfather, Samuel Christy (1819-1904). This is one of my goals for 2022 and I can honestly say, I completed the task down 4 generations. However, adding documentation for birth, marriage, death and census records family after family does get monotonous. My post on Wednesday will share the results on all of this work.
Even though I have to document descendants for four more 3rd great grandfathers yet to go, I likely will take a break and work on updating the narrative reports for these 3rd great grandfathers. Even though this task can create its own monotony, it often leads me to transcribing records, digging in my files to see what else might be there and locating records I’ve yet to use.
So, why do I have these monotonous tasks as my primary 2022 goals?
- Over the years, I’ve found that researching children and grandchildren or even suspected siblings has helped me find records to help identify that next generation back.
- Updating the narrative reports helps me identify ‘holes’ in my research. This leads to searching for more records to document this ancestor’s life.
- My descendancy research helps me figure out my DNA matches. Thanks to a post by Chris Ferraiolo’s on the WikiTree Members Group on Facebook along with the comment by Randy Seaver, I was able to use Chris Ferraiolo’s magic spreadsheet to get my ‘Common Ancestor’ DNA matches into a spreadsheet — and there are over 1500 of them.
Even though my over 1500 common ancestor DNA matches seems huge, it is only 1.5% of my total matches. Thus, completing my 2022 goals may help me identify more common ancestors for my DNA matches. Ultimately, I’m also hoping that by sharing this research, it will lead to more collaboration and ultimately improving my ‘genealogy score‘. Thus, I need to keep plugging away at these ‘monotonous’ goals in hopes of making new connections and discoveries.