At what point would you consider that you had enough ‘leaves and twigs’ on your tree? I find this subject of Family History research so addictive that I have great difficulty in making myself draw the line.
I try to restrict myself as to new additions but it’s just no good, when I get on a roll with a new line I just have to see it through, nearly to the bitter end!
There really should be a ‘Family Historian’s Anonymous” because if you don’t watch it, it can take over your life. I have many times been in the position of finding new leads relatively easy and I just cannot leave it alone. I resent anything that takes me away from my computer and Family Tree Maker program. Family needing a meal – oh. dear, what a bore, why do people have to eat LOL.
The lure of family history research is also the fact that you can make so many new acquaintances. People who can either help you or you can help them, they are all so generous with their time and information. I have never asked anyone for help and had it refused and neither would I dream of refusing to help people who ask me. Often I see a question raised on a family history forum and it intrigues me so much that I start to look up myself, even without being asked. Could it be that I am just nosy about other people’s family trees?
I find it interesting how Google interprets your requests. If you change your wording around you get a lot of different responses, I try to change the wording around as much as possible so that I can get as many responses as possible. I never restrict myself to the first page on Google either, sometimes I might go up as far as page 7 of thereabouts, just sometimes something comes up which is a bit more obscure but it contains another hint for you to follow.
I have noticed when there are websites concentrating on one main name and associated names that though they may have a lot that you have, the same details etc. sometimes they differ and it leaves me wondering how they came up with a different result to yourself. If I have information entered into my family history software I try to take a note of any differences somewhere on the particular family page, in family notes for instance, just in case the others turn out to be correct and your own information incorrect. If their information was correct and you had followed a wrong lead that could be a really horrendous situation, correcting all the information that followed on, doesn’t bear thinking about. Much better to really try to make sure your details are correct before you submit them to your family history program.
Somehow I do not think that I will ever say – that is it, I have reached the end. I just don’t see how you can, when you reach a long way back there are so many names and lines to follow I don’t think you would run out in your lifetime, even if you started researching at a young age. It’s wonderful, a hobby for life.