Do you ever experience the feeling of being overwhelmed?

I have had this feeling a number of times! It is the feeling you get when you are beginning to find things about your “now known” ancestor. You are finding actual records online, you are finding “possibilities” online, you are hearing from people who you have contacted – it is a good feeling at first. Then, you realize that you don’t really know what you know – you know quite a bit, but you aren’t sure of exactly what it is that you know.

At that point, when you are feeling overwhelmed, it is time to sit back, relax, and organize what you have discovered. Then, you can begin your actual searching again once you are organized. And, you will realize what area you will need to focus on for the time being – military records or probate records or something else.

Take a deep breath, organize, and then search again. You will be glad you did!