"My research is done. I have checked everywhere and there are no more records that exist"
How I wish this statement could be true and we could come to the conclusion that "our research is done". The truth is, our research will never be done.
Our genealogy research will never be done as long as records are being discovered, like this story from the University of Rochester in New York.
"Trove of Susan B. Anthony Letters Found in Man's Barn"
|Susan B. Anthony 1820-1906|
The records found date from 1869-1880 and include a trove of letters from the famed Susan B. Anthony, among others.
Now, maybe your ancestor isn't Susan B. Anthony but maybe your ancestor is mentioned in her letters or in some of the other letters and documents found in this man's barn. The point is, there are records being found everywhere and all the time.
And what about those records that haven't been discovered yet?
What about those records sitting in someone's basement, attic or barn that will hopefully be discovered and turned over to an archive and then made available to the researching public?
There is so much more to be discovered! Don't be one of those that says your research is done! Maybe, just maybe, there will be a discovery that will include records for your ancestor!
Are you looking for a photograph of your ancestor?
Did you know recently there was a very large photograph collection donated to the Library of Congress?
"Library of Congress Acquires Massive Archive of Civil Rights Photos by Bob Adelman"
|March on Washington|
This photograph donation contains 575,000 images that include 50,000 prints and hundreds of thousands of negatives and slides.
The collection was donated by an anonymous donor to the Library of Congress which will make the entire collection available to the public.
And what about all those records at the archives, library, historical society, genealogical society, university archives or museum that are just sitting on the shelves?
As an archivist I know all too well the amount of original records sitting on archives shelves waiting to be processed. These records have not been microfilmed, digitized or even seen by the public. While archivists know about the records that sit on their shelves, they are doing all they can do to process each record collection as they have the time.
As a genealogist working as an archivist, I now know that my research will never be done. Not as long as there are records discoveries in barns and as long as archives still have records on their shelves that have not been processed.
You may have to wait but hopefully one day there will be a discovery made that includes records for your ancestor! Don't Give Up!
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