How to improve Genealogy productivity?
Researching your family history online is a long and daunting task. It can take up to days to find one piece of information. But it is also important to keep in mind how far you have come as well. If you feel you aren’t getting anywhere, or you’re not making the progress at the speed you would like to be progressing, here are a few tips to hone down on the pieces of information that are relevant to you.
1. Tip number 1 is make reading articles easier for yourself. If you have been searching for a long period of time in one sitting, it is important to take a break. Give not only your brain a rest from it all but also it gives a break to your eyes. Staring at a computer screen for more than 20 minutes can cause eye fatigue. To combat this, every 20 minutes, look at a distant object and focus on it for 20 seconds. Then you can get back to work.
Another point for this is to adjust the article for you. If the writing is too small, then you can increase or decrease the size of the font. To do this, you can hold down the ‘Ctrl’ button and either push the ‘+’ button to increase and the ‘-‘ to decrease the size, or you can hold down the ’Ctrl’ button and scroll on your mouse wheel. If you scroll up, that shall increase the size, and if you scroll down then that shall decrease the size. Make reading the article easier for yourself which means it shall be easier to find information!
2. Tip 2 is; reduce the time that you are searching on pages. If you come across the page filled with different names, regiments, nationalities etc. it can be challenging to find your ancestor, sometimes they may not even be on the page. To overcome this, if you push ‘Ctrl’ and ‘F’ at the same time, it shall bring up a search bar. You can type in what you are looking for on this page and it shall scan the page for what you type in to the bar. For example, if you were to type ‘Regiment. 3325’, if it is on the page then it shall be highlighted. If it is not, then you will see a little red box by the search bar. This makes scanning information a lot easier as you don’t actually have to scan the article to find what you are looking for.
3. A lot of people often forget tip number 3 and it is a vital one in order to keep track of your progress and start actually building the foundation of your family tree. Keep track of who is related to who! A lot of people actually forget to keep track of everyone’s relations. So as you make a new discovery, right down their place in the tree and then start to note down how they are related to everyone. This will make mapping out your family tree a lot easier later in your search as you will have already completed half of the organizing!
If you are still in need of help, at British Genealogy, you have the luxury of thousands of other people just like you, searching their family history. These people have their own answers that can help you with your quest. So if you are in doubt, just ask someone! The friendly community will be more than happy to help, or you can contact us directly through our online form at https://www.british-genealogy.com/sendmessage.php