There are so many factors that take us away from our passion for genealogy: lack of time and money, limited access to records, and other obligations. All of these suck the motivation right out of us and when we do find time or some extra cash, we don’t have the desire to do any research. So how can we find that motivation?
The following is a list of activities that serve as motivators. I almost always walk away feeling renewed with a sense of purpose. My perspective shifts and I’m ready to tackle some research.
- Read how-to materials, informational articles, or case studies. This can be in the form of journals, magazines, newsletters, books, blogs, or websites. Some good online materials are:
- Listen to webinars, podcasts, and radio shows. Following is a list of popular shows along with places to find webinars.
- Legacy Family Tree Webinars
- NEHGS Webinars
- Ancestry Webinars
- Genealogy Guys Podcast
- Genealogy Gems Podcast
- GeneaBloggers Radio Show
- Attend a local genealogical or historical society meeting. Not only a inspirational tactic, but a great networking opportunity.
- Sign up for a class or complete a certificate program. Consider the following options:
- Many community colleges offer “community education” courses and you may find that they offer classes related to genealogy or history.
- NGS Online Courses
- NGS Home Study Course
- FamilySearch Research Courses
- National Institute for Genealogical Studies
- Boston University Genealogical Programs
- Family Tree University
- Join a study group. Two that I know of are ProGen Study Group and NGS Quarterly Study Group.
- Attend a conference or workshop. Also a great networking opportunity.
- Tap the virtual world. Peruse message boards, Twitter (#genealogy), or GenealogyWise.
Heck, just writing this post has inspired me. Even thought I have a zillion other things to do, I’m going to carve out some time today and work on my own research for a bit…I found my mojo!
What are some other activities that help motivate you to dive into your research? Post a comment and share!