At the beginning of this summer, I pulled out my genealogy "stuff" and got ready to spend some big blocks of time working on researching my tree. I love researching my family's history, and try very hard to keep what I find organized, so that when I am able to work on it during school holidays (I teach), I can easily pick up where I left off.
When I sat down, I realized VERY QUICKLY that my previous organizational efforts had not been as successful as I had thought. My digital genealogical files had a lot to be desired (despite my best efforts!) and my paper files, although somewhat organized, were difficult to search. I had:
One day, while I was working on this project, my son heard me groaning. He asked what was wrong, and I explained that I was just frustrated with how long it was taking to do this extremely monotonous task. He then asked why I kept doing genealogy if I wasn't having fun. Trying to help my 13-year-old son understand, I used his world to help me illustrate: