Confessions of a Genealogist...

Ok its genealogy confession time … I am a hobby genealogist, and I have worked in the Australian genealogy industry for over over 20 years now (no, that’s not the confession bit, we’re still coming to that), and while I’ve always had an interest in family history, it was only about 6-7 years ago I took the plunge into researching my own family (confession still coming). Why the delay? Simple … I knew I’d be totally hooked completely obsessed, and would be frustrated when I don’t get time to do as much research as I’d like (sounds familiar doesn’t it – I can see you agreeing with me), and the other was that much of own family’s research had been done my dad. Anyway did eventually get over the whole “I shouldn’t start this” thing, and jumped straight on in. And as does happen to everyone, I ended up with SOOOOOOO much paperwork. You know the hand-drawn scribble trees, notes written on scrap paper from when you last visited your grandparents, printouts from websites,  certificates and so on. So now it is  confession time … I love the SEARCH, but I’m not so good a the RECORDING or FILING. There you go, I said it! It’s out there, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Yes, I do know better, and it is a case of do as I say, not as I do, when I’m offering advice to customers – although it does allow me to speak from experience, which isn’t entirely a bad thing 😀 I have a large pile of papers in an in-tray on my desk, as well as larger pile of unfiled bits on one of my bookcases which gets added to quicker much than it...