Okay, so you’ve been faithfully researching, writing, and recording family data in quest of just one more nugget of information to add to your ancestor’s story.
STOP! Get Out—Literally!
Move on, baby. Pack it up. It’s time for a little fun! Don’t hide behind your keyboard and monitor or keep your nose buried in a musty old logbook. Kick it up a notch! Find out what’s happening in your community, and go, go, go!
As genealogists we’re doggedly determined to uncover the next name, date, location or source, but let’s face it—our pastime is predominantly a solo pursuit. Sometimes we’ve just got to lighten up, leave it behind, and mix with others to genuinely share the heritage that we research so diligently on a daily basis.
There’s much to be gained by injecting a little fun into your genealogical pursuits. In fact, such expeditions will probably send you back to your endeavors happily refreshed and with renewed vigor to dig into them once again – at least until the next opportunity for a genealogy field trip presents itself again.
So, what kinds of ethnic, heritage or historical activities are you planning to enjoy over the next few months? Check with your local library, museum, cultural center, or newspaper to see what events are on the calendar in your community. It might be just what’s needed to get re-energized for that next genealogical research session in front of your computer.
In the meantime, please stop by GeneaJourneys during the next week or so to see what was captured by my camera over the past year during my own personal expeditions to the past.
First up? Some colorful views of the struggling, but thriving, nationally historic Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s far south side.
See ya back here in a couple of days!
Copyright © 2012 Patricia Desmond Biallas