I’m at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy hosted by the Utah Genealogical Association this week. My course is Advanced Methodology, led and coordinated by Paul Graham, CG, CGL. I’m going to share something I learned each day about my genealogy practice. Reflections of Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.
Long-term vs. Short-term
Listening to top genealogists share their experiences, it’s obvious genealogy is a long-term venture.
Research for complex cases is long and winding. Writing takes focus and repeated drafts. Citations are both art and science. It takes months of work to produce one article or break a brick wall.
The effort put in is consistent. Day after day, research, then write. Bit by bit it comes together. It takes time and patience to make a significant contribution.
There are plenty of short-term researchers. It’s the long-term thinkers and doers that have potential for significant contribution in genealogy.