Like many genealogy researchers, I have an Ancestry.com account. And like many of you, when I am on a rolling information wave, I bookmark records or as on Ancestry.com, I put the found record in my "shoebox" with the intent on looking/processing the information later.
The term "later" is vague and in my case it could mean anything from a couple of weeks to...oh say, over a year. A couple of weeks ago when I brought up my Ancestry.com homepage, I started to "play" around with the customizing feature. There at the bottom of my page (hiding, unless I scrolled down) was my shoebox. Clicking on the link a small shock wave traveled down the back of my spine. Two hundred and three items saved. The tiny number at the bottom right of the page screamed at me for my negligence.
How could I be at two hundred and three? Scrolling through the shoebox, there were documents and information that could have been used for furthering research currently being done. Several choice words popped into mind, lazy, eager beaver...and a few stronger short words, holy #$@&.
Something had to be done! First things first, I moved my shoebox up to the top of my Ancestry homepage, right at eye level. You know what they say; out of sight, out of mind. Then I started, slowly, at the bottom of the list to process the information. You can only take it one record at a time, but over the passing days progress was made. The next thing was I made myself promise not to do anymore extensive research until I was caught up. Have I lived up to the promise? Mostly.
Now, here it is a couple of weeks later and I am still wading through a sea of information and digital images. The good news is I have cut the saved files down by almost half. There is a hint of pride in my words when I tell you that currently my shoebox says "117 items".
There is much work yet to be done but with continued perseverance those saved items will be whittled away to just current projects. What is in your shoebox? What forgotten important piece of information is just waiting to be found again? Have you dared to look at your Ancestry.com shoebox lately? Let us know...how many items are in your shoebox!