A lot of the genealogy bloggers are following Randy Seaver’s lead and writing about their three genealogy regrets. I thought I might as well jump in. There are a lot of things that I regret but if I have to choose just three, here they are:
#1 – That I waited so long to start my research. - I originally became interested in my genealogy around 1995. I asked my dad a few questions and he kind of blew me off and I soon forgot all about it. It wasn’t until he passed in 2000 that I realized I needed to document my family history. Just by missing those 5 years I missed out on talking to my Dad, my aunt Ellen (I am her namesake!), my cousin’s husband who was so well-respected in the academic realms and many other wonderful relatives who passed during that time!
#2 – That I have managed to lose touch with so many of my contacts. – Initially I didn’t have much luck in my research. It was when I began to make contact with so many new cousins that I was able to get things going. I’m not sure how, but somehow in the course of things I have lost contact with many of them. I have a cousin who has done research on my Forbes’ side for over 20 years and I had just scratched the surface of the data she had and now I have no clue how to get in touch with her. I find that I am kicking myself often for letting these folks slip by the wayside!
#3 – That I didn’t take advantage of the knowledge that was available early on! – As I stated earlier, there were so many people who could have told me so many things but I just didn’t get around to interviewing them. Even now I find myself lacking in this category. Each time a family member passes they take knowledge with them that only they may have known. I am really, really trying to get over my fear of talking to people and start doing interviews with my aunts, uncles and other relatives.
Well, there you have it. As I said, I have many regrets but for me these are probably the ones I regret most.
Thanks for prompting us for this Randy!