Research Tip of the Week

Today is Tuesday, so it is time for a new research tip of the week.

Right now my Grandmother is on her last days and to be honest I just didn’t take the time to prepare my tip for the week amid everything else going on. I considered skipping my tip this week. With more thought, I decided that this situation has plenty of opportunity for my tip of the week.

This week, my tip is about taking the time to work on that project you have been putting off.

Start today. Whatever your project no matter if it is doing an interview, getting a DNA sample, etc., take the time to start it. If it’s sitting forgotten somewhere, work on it.

For every question I asked my Grandmother, there are a million more I wish I had thought to ask and record her responses to. I never did a formal interview with her because of the distance between us in more recent years.

I attempted to get her DNA, but I waited so long to follow through with buying the kit and sending it to her I don’t know if she ever spat in the tube. Even if someone got the sample, there is no guarantee with her being so close to the end of life that the sample will even take.

The lesson from all this is that whatever your project today is the day to start.

For my parting note on this week, here is a 5 generation photo of my family. This is one project I am thankful I took the time to make happen.

5 generation photo
July 2016 Front Row Sally Spence, Desirae Brown holding Joshua Jay Serhill II, Back Row Tonya Shuck and Carrie Fulkerson

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Carrie Brown

Carrie Brown is a genetic genealogist, hobby blogger, and long-time history enthusiast with a passion for genealogical research. Currently she is working on her degree in business from Western Governors University. Carrie is a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy and volunteers her time as a research volunteer for SearchAngels.org

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