Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Shoebox Blues...

No matter if it's cleaning up the closets or cleaning up your online research, the shoeboxes are always a source of anxiety.  Half the time i'm afraid of opening them up, hoping i don't find an unpaid bill, or the insurance card that should be in the car.  Same goes with my Ancestry shoebox.  I've recently started going throught the items i've saved, seeing if they're still applicable to the people on my tree or if they've been proven false and I can discard them. 

My God!  How much stuff did I put in here?!  But i plow through and lo and behold find some verifying information on an ancestor i've been researching.  On an old census record, i found that my maternal grandfather and grandmother had his sister Lizzie living with them for a short time when she first came over.  This verifies that i have the correct family for him on my other research.  I've had the document all this time and never bothered to look back over everything.
Well now i've added it to my monthly calendar.  I'm hoping to find more suprises.  Take the time to go back through all your notes and review them.  Something that may have not seemed important at the time may just be critical now.  Enjoy!


  1. Welcome to Geneabloggers!!

    Regards, Grant

  2. Yes, welcome. I was drawn in by the title of your blog because some of my forebears had a strong connection with Co Roscommon - Carrs, Morans and Burkes. No match with your families, unfortunatley. Our next-door neighbours here in Sydney Australia were Boyles - the loveliest people you could ever meet. Good luck with the blog.

  3. I hate shoeboxes, too. I have a habit of throwing all my "excess" stuff in to a bag and not looking at it for months. Always scary to see what has been conveniently forgotten. ;) I probably should go through my Ancestry shoebox, too. There are probably some gems in there!

  4. I like shoe boxes. They are like treasure chest! I hope to find some more in relatives attics! Welcome to Geneabloggers! It's a great community!

  5. I find the Ancestry shoebox hard to clean out. The oldest are at the end and I have yet to find out how to get there without clicking back page by page.

  6. Thank you all for your support and welcome to Geneabloggers. I'm so glad i found the site - roscommonroot

  7. Whenever I do a 'file' clean up I always find new surprises. Going back to our old original notebooks with a little research under our belts lets us see the new clues that were right under our noses in the beginning! It's definitely the 'tip of the month'.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  8. Saw your blog listed at Geneabloggers, congratulations. When I find something I take the time to fully document it and analyse it. I hardly put things off since I know more than likely I will not come back to it. Really liked your blog.

    Take care,

    Moises Garza
    We Are Cousins - My personal blog about Northeastern Mexico and South Texas Genealogy

    Mexican Genealogy - Blog where anyone with Mexican roots can get started with their family genealogy and history.