Let this issue guide your journeys in online genealogy.
Recently, I read a newspaper article about traffic congestion on a major highway through my city. The story followed a suburban driver on her morning commute, as she crept along in a sea of brake lights, skirted an accident blocking her usual route and lamented the time lost in her day.
I think a lot of family historians share that driver's frustration when they try to navigate the Internet. You hop online, optimistic you'll soon arrive at new clues about your family's past. Hours later, after multiple detours and perhaps several failed attempts at busy sites that recommend you "try again later," either you haven't found your answer — or you've spent so much time on Internet back roads that you forgot the question.