3786Taking a "fresh look" at your research
- May 30, 2001Just thought I'd share something... especially with those of us
currently stuck at one brick wall or another....
Since school is now out for me (thankfully!) I'm in the midst of
organizing my genealogy research that I want to get to this
summer....(you know, films to look at, what I have and what I don't
have) and lo and behold, while going through papers that I _know_ I
have been through -at least 20 times-, I found some paperwork from the
Czech Archives that I honestly cannot remember ever seeing, or if I did,
it didn't make any sense at the time (at least I didn't note it)...
which contained the death information from mid-1800's on my
gr/gr/gr/grandparents - which by the way was on my "to order" list as
something I needed !!
And just about 1 1/2 years ago, while stuck at my Irish McGlynn brick
wall in trying to find out what happened to the one daughter.... on the
verge of giving up after looking at every angle of "did she die, why
isn't she in any more census records?" I looked through a notebook I
kept when I first started doing genealogy about 4 years ago where I
wrote down every instance of the surname McGlynn I could find on the
theory that one day -maybe- it would come in handy. Again, I swear I'd
been through that book at least a dozen times and read the entry of
"Catherine McGlynn married to Nicholas Gathleny, parents John and Ann
Farrell " (which someone had sent to a list in a bunch of church
transcriptions) etc etc, but never realized THAT was the Catherine I was
trying to find!! It opened up an entire new line for me, one which ended
up close to me in Pensacola FL unbeknownst to any of my family!
The point I'm trying to make is.... sometimes when you're looking for
something so hard, you overlook the obvious, or don't see what's right
in front of you. We all hit those brick walls sometimes, and maybe that
is the time to step back from everything and look again at what you
-already- have... because even tho we may have seen it 20 times...
sometimes we don't pay attention!
Getting organized is tough (and boring) but it pays off when you find
something you needed, especially ones that you already had!
Hope this helps someone....
Maura Petzolt mpetzolt2@...
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