Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Ellen’s Questions Part 4

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1) Ellen Thompson-Jennings posted 20 questions on her Hound on the Huntblog three weeks ago – see Even More Questions About Your Ancestors and Maybe A Few About You (posted 27 June). 

2)  We will do these five at a time – Questions 16 to 20 tonight (we did 1 through 5 three weeks ago, questions 6 through 10 two weeks ago, and questions 11 through 15 last week)

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.

Here’s mine:

16)  If you’re into DNA which would you say you work on more? Genealogy or DNA? Or about the same? 

I haven’t tested my DNA yet, so I definitely work on genealogy more.

17)  Do you think that your genealogy is ever really done? 

No, there are always more records becoming available, and a review of the information I already have can sometimes uncover additional records for a person, which leads to a whole new family to be researched.

18)  Did you ever search an ancestor’s name on the internet and you were surprised at what you found? 


This happens occasionally. The most noticeable example was finding snuffboxes on Ebay that had been made by the firm my ancestor Nathaniel Mills founded.

19)  Do you ever feel like your ancestors are nudging you in the right direction in your research?

I haven’t really felt a nudge from my ancestors.

20)  If you could give one piece of advice to someone new to genealogy, what would you tell them?  

My piece of advice is to be organised.  This means not just citing your sources, but also organising your digital or physical files so that you can find the information again, in order to review it later for information you may have missed. Even if you have cited your sources, you need to be able to find your copy of the documents.  Collections online can be removed, or moved. You may not be able to return to an archive to find the record again, and even if you can, it would be a waste of time and money redoing research you’ve already done.