The genealogical version of this disorder usually happens during research. For the last several days I’ve been actively entering sources into my family tree database (FTM 2011). I decided the best place to start would be my parents. Since my father was born before the 1930 Census was taken, I thought I’d find that and enter the information. This is what happened:
Ok, so I’m looking for Grampa Amore in the 1930 census. I’ll click on the US Federal Census database in Ancestry and from there choose 1930. So now I’ll enter Lloyd Amore, lived in Coshocton County, Ohio and make sure to restrict all to exact matches. Search. What? Nothing? Hmmm. Maybe I should put choose restrict to exact matches and similar spellings for the first name because I’ve seen his name spelled with one “L”. Still nothing. Ok, well let’s try William because in several spots that’s what he lists as his first name instead of middle name. Well, there’s my great-grandfather.
Do I have the 1930 Census information for him? Not really. I have the year but I want to put the exact date the census was taken. Click through to the original image – save to the computer. Now I’ll just make sure that I add this source to everyone in the household. Oh, look, someone’s name is spelled wrong. I’ll leave a comment so it can get fixed. There’s several things over to the right that look like they pertain to my gr-grandfather. Wow – what’s that? Civil War registration for Ohio? That must have been for his father – my 2nd great-grandfather. That’s new. I need to look at that. I should go ahead and enter that information and source before I forget.
I don’t have exact dates of some of the censuses for him. Maybe those items on the right will help me find what I need. Do I have the Find A Grave information for him? I’ll look at Find A Grave just to make sure that no other persons in my Amore branch have been added lately. Let me click on my Grandma Amore’s listing. I haven’t linked her with her parents yet. I better do that now before I forget.
Time has gone by and I realize that I’m linking children with their parents on Find A Grave. By the time I return back to my Grampa Amore – still never finding the 1930 census for him, a couple of hours have passed and I realize that it’s way past my bedtime.
So – I did manage to get some things organized in my database and online, but I’m not being very linear about it! As Scarlett O’Hara said, “Tomorrow is another day.”