I became interested in genealogy in 1980. I worked on a maternity ward. Bonnie, a wonderful nurse that I worked with was talking about her genealogical search. I had notebooks that had information about my SCRUGGS family and my husband’s GRAY family. After showing her the information that I already had, she showed me how to start. She introduced me to Everton Publications. I bought family group sheets and several other forms. Back then the computer was not an option for me.
I started by filling out our family group sheets. Then added what I knew about our families, and the information that was in the SCRUGGS and GRAY information done by other family members. Of course, I didn't check the information, and I took it as totally correct.
Bonnie stressed that I needed to source everything and verify other peoples information. I was in such a hurry to procede that I didn't do either. Sourcing seemed unnecessary, because I knew where my information came from and thought I would remember. I thought that the information should be correct as it was very recent information.
Well, you guessed it! I gathered more information and totally forgot to source my information. I had not made sourcing a habit. I realized to late that I couldn’t prove the information that I gathered, and I have over 9,000 names in my genealogy. I don't remember most the sources that I have used.
I am now overwhelmed as to where to start. Sourcing is not any fun, and I would much rather find more ancestors. I think that is the reason, I haven’t done any real genealogy research in about 10 years.
I bet you are wondering what made me decide to get my research going again. I was on CraigsList searching for tickets to country western concert yesterday. I found a ticket advertised for the Midwest Family History Expo, and it was only 5 miles from my home. It made me sick to think I had not been researching our family, and I hadn’t gone to the Expo. I hadn’t known it was happening. I had always wanted to go to the seminars, but never had the money or time to travel. It was too late to go to one class. I read about the classes offered. One mentioned a genealogical blogging class. I Googled, genealogical blogging.
So here I am. Starting a blog and hoping to continue my genealogical search. I am interested in some advice on getting my sources and where to begin. Like I said, I would much rather be finding my ancestors and “cousins”. Please help!