Paperdoll Journal began as a vision for a blog to hold my thoughts and discoveries while researching my family history. The idea came from wanting to share and connect with others researching as well as connecting with professional genealogists, librarians, archivists, preservationists and historians. Since my interest in public history is broad, I easily fell into several research rabbit holes over the past two years without ever finding my blogging voice.
From what I hear, I’m not the only family history enthusiast who suffers from this same research overload agony. There are thousands of us that get distracted while researching and are still relentlessly committed to uncovering family legacies and bringing lost stories to light. That’s why I spend hours putting this blog together so you and I can move beyond the research and begin crafting and sharing amazing heartfelt documented family history stories.
Since last year, I have already discovered:
Now it's not always practical to keep research in perfect order or waiting to get every detail on a relative before moving on. So you might consider these steps on a weekly/monthly basis, for example:
As a reminder, doing the research isn’t enough, you need to explore your family history beyond the research, like looking up the fashion and home decor trends of a certain period or preparing family recipes and much more. Gathering family history is an honor to your ancestors. It’s a wonderful thing to tell their stories for the joy of sharing with future generations and best of all being able to know and feel your family history connections.
Enjoy the stories you are telling, the release of procrastination, and the pride in building a legacy.