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“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

What are the frustrations?

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule

One of the main frustrations with  me in genealogy research is getting others excited about it. To realize the value of what you are doing. Not to mention the time it takes to get one small piece of information.  Many family members like to hear the stories of their ancestors, and there are even times when some of them do not believe the stories.  Then there are those times when some do not want the truth out there.  I do understand this feeling, especially when it is someone close to you. Sometimes that truth will give you and others a better understanding of that person in the story.  You may determine a force that governed their lives.  I will continue to tell the truth from my research, because to me truth brings about understanding and compassion and that is where I want to be.

Another big frustration with genealogy research is getting information or copies of documents and photos from others.  Most people don't realize that it is often the smallest detail that can put you on the right path to find out more or keep you from going down the wrong path where you are running into one dead end after another.  Or this document could eliminate a few options, and make the right option clearer.

An example of this is with Emerson Sapp, I knew he lived and died here in Los Angeles, California, but for the longest time, I could not find a notification of his death, and I had no idea what year he died.  Once I saw an obituary in the Los Angeles Sentinal, the African American newspaper, I discovered the year he died and that his first name was not Emerson, but Walter. The legal name of Walter Emerson Sapp was how his death certificate was filed.  No one knew that his first name was Walter. I discovered the first initial was W. while researching the  voter registration logs, so  I knew that I had to find out what that W. was for in order to continue.  Discovering that W. before Emerson was the key.

Many family members have valuable information that they may not believe is significant, but they can't know that for sure,  because they are not aware of the information that you already have. It is always a piece of the puzzle, regardless of how small.

What are some of the frustrations you have in genealogical research?  How do you overcome these frustrations?

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