The BCGS Members’ Research Tip for 1 March 2014 is: Change Things Up!
Or as Grandma (born in 1884) used to say, “A change is as good as a rest.”
Sometimes when a genealogy research path seems blocked, adding something ‘new to you’ to the research mix saves a lot of frustration. Do you use mostly the same ‘big’ databases, the same search engine, or even the same library? Plan for a few changes and see what happens.
A few suggestions might be to try
- Cyndi’s List for newer smaller websites in your area of interest. Many volunteers are putting up their own collections of family or local data and images. CyndisList.com is over 15 years old, and better than ever: http://www.cyndislist.com You can check out the newest links directly by following this Cyndi’s List What’s New link.
- the MillionShort search engine gives you results minus the top one million most popular web sites: https://millionshort.com Can’t hurt to try and you may be pleasantly surprised with new results for your usual genealogy search terms.
- and even if the library you usually use, perhaps the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, is almost perfect, another may have a collection of research files or indexes that could benefit you. (And if you aren’t regularly looking at the BCGS Library, make a change here.) Nowadays you may not even have to visit to take advantage of special collections so look for one that’s in your geographical area of interest and find out what’s there. If you want to visit a library that’s not too far away, arrange with other local genealogists to make a field trip out of it. You’ll all benefit from the companionship and genealogy talk you’ll share.