Hello, my name is Tracy and I am a Family History & Genealogy addict.
This epiphany came to me this morning as I was driving to work ; although it shouldn't have come as a surprise. All the signs were there, but this morning really confirmed that I had, well . . . a problem. LOL!
I am on the verge of becoming a senior citizen, so it shouldn't be a surprise to many that Information Technology (IT) and 21st century toys, gadgets and software are foreign to me. To be honest they are scary!! So, here is my progression into addiction:
- 2003: Became a World Explorer subscriber to ancestry.com
- September 2012: Purchased a brand spankin' new laptop - one that I didn't / wouldn't share with anyone
- October 2012: Purchased 2012 Family Tree Maker
- October 2012: Purchased an ipad. Had to have it; how else was I going to have the ancestry.com app whenever I was on the go?
- February 2013: Immersed myself in ancestry.com video tutorials - LOVE! Crista Cowan
- 17 February 2013: Created Ancestor FaceBook Page(s) - I have 2 and plan more
- 23 February 2013: Created FAMILY PRESERVES; a Family History Blog
- 28 March 2013: Watched Introduction to OneNote for Genealogists by Brian Bouchard (Paperless Genealogy Blog)
- TODAY, 29 March 2013: Created my very first Hyper Link J
- Insomnia - ancestors keeping you up at night
- Working on your family tree and research every at EVERY moment that you are NOT working on something else
- Thinking about . . . your ancestors; your brick walls; your latest research endeavor; how to improve your research for optimum success
- Obsessing over when the next ancestry.com webinar / YouTube Tutorial will be broadcast; 'jonesing' for more tips and tricks. I want, NO! I NEED more Crista Cowan
- On arriving home; I go to the mailbox, DIRECTLY to the mailbox - do not pass go; do not collect $200.00 - looking for the latest records that I sent off for. IF they aren't there, I immediately go through something akin to 'crashing!' Have you ever seen an addict pitch a 'royal' temper tantrum? LOL!
- Talking about your ancestry, your family history blog, etc., etc. with your co-workers throughout the day
- When you've shared (read 'spread') the addiction to your co-works - because they now come to you to ask . . .
- What's your latest blog topic?
- Send me the link to your blog; I've been sharing your stories with my Mom
- I am having trouble finding . . . any suggestions?
- And today, I IMMEDIATELY thought . . . "I have to blog about this" when I missed taking the exit that I take every day to get to work. But, today, I was forced to drive over a bridge and through a tunnel - no place to turn around - why? Because I was thinking . . .
- How much fun I had setting up OneNote for my family history research
- How amazing it has been that I have taken the plunge into the 21st century - learning to use its technology to improve my family history research strategy and to optimize and experience a successful outcome
Seriously! Are there 12 Step Programs for this? LOL!
The final sign is when your two sons; 'generation Y,' are surprised by your use of toys and gadgets from the new century, but applaud your efforts and are proud that you are still learning and growing.
So, I missed an exit; YES, I have an addiction, but if that is the worst that can be said about me, I am okay with it. I am much more concerned that my sons learn about the importance of family, heritage and history. And, besides, they are starting to catch the addiction . . . The more the merrier!!
Any other 'addicts' out there who want to publicly acknowledge their addiction? I am not alone, right? Share your stories.