Recently my genealogy research has been unfocused. I have found census records here and visited cemeteries there. I have switched from one side of the family to another. There have been small discoveries but nothing that inspired fireworks. There have been days when I have put it all aside and spent time at my sewing machine, finishing a pile of neglected projects.
I need to refocus the time I spend with my genealogy. And I know just where I should direct my efforts. All I have to do is sit at my desk at look at my cork board. Right there, on index cards, is the book for my mother’s family, nicely organized.
Years ago I wrote a slim volume called ‘Remembrances: The Story of the Coyle, Mullane, Gardner & Related Families’. At 130 pages it included family trees, photographs, stories and endnotes. I took it to an office store & had copies made that were bound together with a plastic spiral binding. The limited copies went to my brothers and my children. That Christmas there were big smiles and lots of page turning.
When I look at that that little book now I see how far I have come in learning about the family. Since the book was written I traveled to Ireland to research in archives and to walk where my great grandmother walked. Since the book was written I hired a researcher who sent my Jewish roots back two more generations.
In the years since I wrote that original book I have met and become good friends with my Irish second cousins. We have shared stories & photographs & good times.
I now have more data, more stories & more photographs. I also have a grandnephew, a grandniece and a grandson who should each have a copy of the complete story. What am I waiting for?
It is time to write!