Hello Again!

Hello Again!

It’s been awhile. My first couple of days back at Family Tree Magazine HQ after the past few months just taking care of this little guy(look at those chubby little cheeks!) have been a whirlwind of figuring out where our projects are and what’s going on in the genealogy...

It’s been awhile. My first couple of days back at Family Tree Magazine HQ after the past few months just taking care of this little guy

(look at those chubby little cheeks!) have been a whirlwind of figuring out where our projects are and what’s going on in the genealogy world.

Here’s what my lovely coworkers had waiting for me on my first day back:

I’ve eaten, slept and breathed family history for the past seven and a half years on staff at Family Tree Magazine. That’s in my job description.

But while I was on maternity leave, my genealogy life was a lot more like yours: Reading news blogs and searching online databases when I had a few minutes, finding someone to watch the baby while I squeezed in trips to the FamilySearch Center (baby Leo even accompanied me on a short microfilm-requesting stop). I’d watch “Who Do You Think You Are?” on Hulu in the middle of the night while I was up with the baby.

I’ll do another post about what I discovered on that FamilySearch microfilm. But I definitely feel more one with you!

I hope you can offer some advice: How do you fit genealogy into your everyday life? When do you squeeze in your online and library research? Thanks!

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  1. Congratulations! He is really sweet. You asked for advice. You have to do other things when he is sleeping or have him in one of though things, that you can put him in &amp; still do what you need to do. A lady at my church has one &amp; I think it was really nice while he was small enough to do that. They grow fast &amp; you will miss a lot if you don’t keep him with you as much as you can. Play soft music for him when it is bed time read Bible stories to him.

  2. I fit it in in tiny little increments. My children are ages 3 and 5, and I’m home with them full-time. It’s hard. If I get to the library, it’s on a Saturday (after intense negotiations with my husband as to who will cover the kids when). My online research takes place before 6am (when the first one gets up) or during naptime.

    Mostly, I try to remind myself that this is the period in life where you’re supposed to focus on the family tree in your own house, not the one in your file cabinet. You will be amazed how quickly they grow up, and those dead people aren’t going anywhere. They’ll still be there in a few years when he just wants you to leave him alone so he can play video games.

    Congratulations…he is just beautiful!

  3. Thanks everyone for the encouragement and advice! Last night Leo was so cozy in my arms I didn’t want to put him down, so everything else waited–and I’m glad for the time holding him.

  4. Congratulations! Children truly are a blessing. Genealogy on the other hand is something we never stop doing even if it is only going over details in our head while rocking, feeding or holding in the middle of the night. Two things I did, find a good place to sit with Leo and in the same area put an art easel(use the cheap ones children use)and put items you need to contemplate or research plans to rethink, then get yourself a same recorder. Keep with you at all times. Record ideas or thoughts about genealogy or day to day items. Replay when you have time or later at night. Record softly as your voice will not destrub Leo. Enjoy the time he is awake. My baby turns 45 this year and I still can remember those times.

  5. Kerry, I love that quote about the file cabinet.

    My children grew up underneath the tables at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, back in the day (1985-1990) ~~ they made a little fort and basically hung out and behaved because they knew CHUCK E. CHEESE was the last stop before heading home. As they got older, it was window-shopping with their dad after I was let off at the door.

    Haven’t been able to visit any libraries much the past several years but I do a massive amount of research on-line. Ancestry.com is my best friend!

  6. Concentrate on the descendant right now – the ancestors will wait. Get a recorder to remember what Leo does and says as he grows. He’ll appreciate knowing about that when he has descendants, as much as he’ll appreciate knowing about his ancestors. And you’ll have plenty of time between the ages of 50 and 90 to research genealogy – believe me, I know.

  7. Congratulations – he is a cutie. When my daughter was that young, I decided to focus more on making history and memories, instead of looking at records. Those will wait for me – although I did do some research from time to time when I got a moment. This is the time to take pictures – maybe a scrapbook or slideshow – to record your ongoing family history. Oh and while all those relatives are over to oogle over the baby, don’t forget to ask them about the family history – somehow people are more inclined to talk when they know it is for someone who definitely doesn’t know the story.

  8. Yeah, and to add to what Kay said. When we finished a cemetery trip or a library trip (Yeah I did make her sit through those – she helped by drawing pictures I would publish in the family book), there was always a trip to Taco Bell as a reward.

  9. It seems like just yesterday when I was trying to research and raise little ones. Naptime and late at night were the best times to do genealogy (and an occassional Saturday when Dad was home). But there were long stretches of time when I didn’t do any simply because we were too busy making our own family history. Or I was too tired!