Something my 10 year old son says, usually when we’ve sent him upstairs to get ready for bed, or ready for school, “Sorry mum, I got distracted…”.
This is the ailment I’ve been suffering with lately. First off my new software is keeping me very busy as I go about entering all the information I have to date, this time making sure to note the source citations correctly. But this is where the first distraction has kicked in – I keep going off on a tangent, delving in to research when I really, really should be just keeping focused on entering the information I currently have. This week my distraction found the service records for my great grandfather, Edward William TWIGDEN, who I discovered served in the Second Boer War (1899-1902). I got such a thrill to read his service record, especially to get a description of him. I have so few family photos and so these ancestors are really just names but to read that he was 5ft 6.5in, a chest measurement of 37in, with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair was to create an image of him in my mind. Amazing. A distraction yes, but a thrilling one all the same.
My second distraction was to rediscover the pleasure of being part of the indexing program and actually contributing to making various records available, and searchable, online. This is done through FamilySearch and is something you can sign up for and index records from your own home. It’s such fun and even my husband, who isn’t involved in genealogy, was fascinated by the process and signed up himself!
So whilst these things are great, and fun, and fascinating, they’ve distracted me from what I really should be doing so that I can then move on and get down to some more serious research. I will be mentally cracking the whip for the next few days to get back on track.
As for the new software my general opinion is that it’s good. I had a few teething issues with the syncing to start and have to say that the software has been crashing quite a bit (not sure what to do about this yet or why it is doing that) but on the whole it’s much, much better than my previous software but I will do a more in depth review – once I’ve done what I should be doing – a review right now would be a distraction!