Tuesday’s Tip – Filling In The Gaps

I ordered a family tree chart from My History some time ago & am spending some of the Bank Holiday weekend filling it in.


What struck me almost straight away is the number of gaps in it. I’ve been researching my family for some years & had expected the chart to reflect this, but what it shows is the amount of time I’ve spent filling in cousins & going sideways on my tree instead of upwards.

I don’t regret spending the time going sideways – I’ve found some interesting people and great stories, such as the Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers – but this chart has definitely helped me see that I need to concentrate my research on my direct ancestors a little more in the future.

Photo by Karsten Würth (@inf1783) on Unsplash

So my tip for Tuesday would be to take a step back occasionally and consider whether the direction you’re going in is the right one for your research.


© Caroline Cox and Caroline’s Chronicles. 2011 – current year

2 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Tip – Filling In The Gaps

  1. I completely agree – I did something similar about 9 months back, wrote out my tree and was also surprised how many gaps I had like this. Sometimes because I had struggled finding that step backwards, but often because I had become pre-occupied with siblings and cousins!

    I do like the look of this chart! ☺

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