I know I won’t be the first to be hung up, possibly for years, on researching an ancestor.
But the optimist in me wants to believe my case will be different – that I’ll get a break of some kind and be able to forge ahead.
I’m not sure whether last night was “that” break, but the vetting and sorting process for getting to the bottom of my great-grandfather Braulio‘s history just got a whole lot easier.
As a beginner genealogist, I’ve gotten so much out of Family Search, although it’s easy to lose a lot of time due to the need to search manually from so much data.
Until recent weeks, I hadn’t really taken Ancestry.com seriously – mostly because, of all the data available on my family members, very little of it could be validated through actual documentation. Regardless how much I found, it seemed I’d always have to return to Family Search for validation or more research.
So I lost confidence in Ancestry’s validity – even though, I have to admit, the DNA test was becoming more tempting.
And then last night, I caught something on the Ancestry site that prompted me – finally – to download the mobile app, which I’d resisted because I thought it was only for photos.
I’ve never been so happy to be so wrong.
Let’s just say that, once installed, this app saved me hours upon hours – possibly days – of compiling peripheral family members around Braulio.
Sigh. For what it’s worth: I now love this (late) man dearly, merely due to how hard I am having to work to “know” him.
Anyway, I basically rebuilt my family tree within the app in just a couple of hours. Nearly everyone for whom I have records in past generations is now loaded into my Ancestry family tree.
Then tonight, I caved and bought the DNA kit (20% off through 4/27 this time around). Its results, I hope, will keep me busy for awhile by helping me discover within-scope ancestors and, by contrast, those who might not be in my lines.
As my friend Estelle likes to say, the beat goes on … And the mirror ball – my head – keeps spinning right along with it.