Saturday, March 12, 2011
Open Discussion Weekend: Ancestor Overload - Good or Bad?
Why so amazing? The ancestors are coming at me from all directions!
When I first started blogging, my purpose was to post some queries in hopes of finding descendants of affiliated and related families. 15 months later, a second cousin, twice removed, responded to my very first blog post, indicating she was descended from the woman whose family I was trying to trace.
Last weekend, the California line of a related family was all together scanning and uploading photographs and documents to their tree on Ancestry.com - I could barely keep up with everything they were posting. After this line of the family being elusive for so long, it's like the gold rush of family history!
A few days ago, another "cousin" sent me another batch of zipped folders with photographs of the various Petersen families. And they did not have small families! I have to have my charts handy to keep track of all of them. This took me back to the Danish Demographic Database once again. In a short time, I took my line back one more generation for certain, and possibly one more beyond that. These census records are beyond compare if you have ancestors from Denmark.
Then, last evening, the DNA results from 23andMe showed up, which may lead to potentially hundreds of more kin out there!
Have you ever had a week like this? How did you handle the overload of incoming information? Did you jump around from ancestor to ancestor, euphoric about everything coming your way? Or did you methodically develop a plan for processing all of the new information and documents? How did you set your priorities for evaluating new information?
Genealogists often talk about our frustration with brick walls. What about frustration over Ancestor Overload? This is a good thing, right?
Please post your thoughts and experiences in the Comments section below. I look forward to reading what you have to say.