There is nothing much to report this week except for an almost complete lack of family history activity. Whilst time has been an issue, as always, the main cause of this in-activity has been a lack of motivation.
I just haven’t really been inspired to sit down and do any family history this week. About the only positive thing that happened this week was the addition of three or four new relatives to my tree.
I realised that with a very small amount of work I would be able to add a seventh cousin. There was no real benefit to gained from doing this but it seemed like a fun thing to do at the time and nice to be able to say that I have a seventh cousin.
Challenging times: Sorting out Patrick Vaughan’s information
Given my current lack of motivation it seems unlikely that I am going get around to sorting out Patrick Vaughan’s information. It would probably be better for me to find another more interesting project (more interesting than sorting out files) to get me back on track.
Kent parish registers on familysearch.org
I made several attempts to access images of Kent parish registers on familysearch.org, hoping that at last I might be able to go back a bit further with my Gasson ancestors.
Unfortunately I was unable to view a single image for any of the parishes I tried, I don’t know if it was me or the website, but I tried nearly everyday with the same result. Maybe next week I will be more successful.
There is another potential distraction coming up this week with a change in the weather coming at last. Hopefully it will be dry and warm enough for me to contemplate at least one decent evening walk this week.
I have been doing some family history over the last couple of weeks, but not a great deal and not with any real focus. As seems so often the case I am spending more time thinking about family history than actually doing any family history. Once again I have been trying to decide what I want to do next.
Time and motivation are still big issues in my life. I am reluctant to take on new projects that are going to take a lot of time or require a visit to a record office, because I know it is not going to get completed. I am just going to be left with another unfinished project and another bunch of new entries on my to-do list.
I think it is time for me to step back and look objectively at what I want to actually achieve with my research, and what I can realistically expect to achieve. Are my expectations too high? Am I trying to achieve too much? On one hand I want to push my tree back as far as I can, but on the other hand I also want to understand the lives of some of my closer ancestors (grandparents and great-grandparents) better.
One problem is that I think I am getting overwhelmed by the sheer size of my family tree, not that it is that big at the moment, still under a couple of thousand, but I know that I can never know everything about all of these individuals, no matter how long I live. All I need to do is accept this fact and focus on the ones I do want to know about.
For now though I think I am going to concentrate on some housekeeping, tidying up some loose ends and filling in a few gaps. There are many new collections online now that I haven’t really exploited fully and many documents/images that I haven’t extracted every last detail from.