Updated 23 January 2021
To avoid a sense of overwhelm while starting to climb your family tree, might I suggest that you slow down and start with simple genealogy goals?
If you're like many people, you start a project with grand and great ambitions, but you soon realize they are too big for you to handle.
In family history research, this happens ALL the time. Often people will not finish their legacy journey because they've bitten off more than they can chew.
Instead, reimagine family history and find something simple that you can do to capture and preserve your legacy.
Acknowledge Your Strengths
In the post, What is your genealogy superpower? I review several skills that genealogists have, from analytical, interviewing, reading, to being skeptical. Knowing what you're talents are, you can set achievable goals.
Let's say you're genealogy superpower is curiosity. What simple goals could you set?
Ask living relatives about their childhoods or their employment choices.
Research the meaning behind a symbol on a gravestone.
Explore city directories to track your ancestor between census years.
Notice that these goals are actionable and focus on a small task, rather than tracing your ancestry back to Adam or writing a family history covering nine generations.
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Considering Organizing Before Tree Climbing
Many beginning genealogists have access to photos, documents, and files recording their relatives' lives, particularly the most recent ones.
One of the first steps to having success in genealogy research involves starting with what you know. Consider for a moment, how will you know what you know if your home sources are disorganized?
A few simple genealogy organization goals include:
Beginning genealogists have a lot of questions and need for education and training. Set simple goals to get the help you need.
Watch a short YouTube video on how to use the FamilySearch Website.
Visit with a local family history consultant at a Family History Center near you,
For more beginning genealogy tips and tricks, check out these posts: