Oh, my…I spent the morning doing some of the “little things” I don’t have time to do at the end of the school year- updating my genealogy contact list, editing headstone pictures, deleting extra photos, deleting and changing files, renaming folders. I also filed a stack of papers that have accumulated over the past six months. I still have at least a dozen office chores yet to be done. My goal, as always, is to make things more efficient so I can do more work in less time. Somehow it never works out that way! And I have decided that my problem is “too much information”.
I began this path in complete ignorance of where it would lead me. I offered to do a little family research for Mom. That turned up some interesting stories so I did some more investigating. Then we wanted some background information for some writing we did together. Then a friend asked if I would look for her grandfather. Then someone asked if I would see what I could find out about the history of a building in Caddo. It was a slippery slope from there.
Did I ever mention that I got an award for “history and geography” when I graduated from the eighth grade? Perhaps that will help explain my passion for finding out how people lived and died centuries ago. I also love jigsaw puzzles and nothing else is a better analogy for what we do in genealogy.
So now I find myself surrounded by facts and fancy about the families of Caddo’s past. I have online files and paper files and photo files and scrapbooks. I have information from books and newspapers and websites and family members. And every few months I try to reorganize a bit so that all this information isn’t quite so overwhelming. I may be a crazy old woman who is out of step with the real world and doesn’t know much about the latest trends in fashion or technology, but if you need to know what your great-grandmother did in 1910 chances are I can tell you…if I can just find her in all this stuff!