9 Wins in Genealogy Research

Regardless of where you may be in your genealogy ‘journey’, there is nothing more rewarding than that genealogy ‘win’. From the small moment in time to the great discoveries here are 9 wins in genealogy:

1.FINDING A RECORD TIED TO YOUR FAMILY TREE

That magical moment when you can say “oooooh” or “woo hoo!” when you find a record that you can tie to your family tree. We love those moments don’t we! If only it happened at every single point in our research…

2. CONNECTING WITH SOMEONE ELSE WHO LOVES GENEALOGY

Very few of us genealogy enthusiasts find a like partner in our families. While you are just bursting with excitement at discovering Great Aunt Betty mentioned in an old newspaper, family members often go into that glazed look on their faces when any mention of the ‘g’ word (genealogy!) comes into the foray. But finding someone else that gets why such a discovery is incredible, moving, rewarding, satisfying? That is definitely a win.

3.DECIPHERING OLD HANDWRITING

Ever sat before a census record, a birth certificate, some historic document and the word or words seem out of reach of deciphering - and then! you are at last able to decipher it and appreciate the full read and interpretation.

4.FINDING A NEW (BUT OLD) PHOTO

Have you ever found or been given a photo you’d previously not known about but ties in some way to your family history? While it may open up more questions than answers it should still be considered a win. It’s another clue!

5.DISCOVERING A NEW RESEARCH RESOURCE

You’ve visited and used the most common sites, hopefully made some headway with your family tree. Then either through your own search, reading or tip from someone you discover a new research resource that opens up possibilities. Definitely a win!

6.MOVING OUT OF THE 1800s WITH AT LEAST ONE LINE OF THE FAMILY

It is a common challenge for many to get past the 19th century and into earlier timeframes. But for those that have had that opportunity, have found that record, or set of records, it’s an incredible reward.

7.LOCATING (AND VISITING) AN ANCESTRAL HOME OR PROPERTY

How many of us hope to one day find - and visit - a homestead or land that is tied to our ancestry? When you do, and better yet are able to see it in person, what a memory, what an experience.

8.ENRICHING THE LIFE OF A FAMILY MEMBER WITH YOUR DISCOVERIES

Perhaps the impetus for your research is a family member seeking more information, or it is connecting the family to an ancestral land fulfills a desire of a family member or mystery, whatever the reason it can be incredibly powerful to share the path of discovery - and connection - with a family member.

9.ENRICHING YOUR LIFE

Through the path of learning more about your family and ancestors, you enrich your own life. Being able to learn more about those before you, their lives helps grant you a little more about your own history. And with each discovery, it spurs you a little more, to keep on and at your genealogy research.

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