Most genealogists are grateful for the work others do for them. Afterall, if those folks didn’t help you out you’d probably be stuck at square one.
It’s important to remember that those people who help you don’t have to. Sometimes we take these bits of kindness for granted. We may mean to say thanks, but things happen and before you know it a year has passed. Family members may feel obligated to answer your every query, but those who work in a mortuary don’t!
When someone does the favor of a interview or research, say “Thanks”. No need to hire an airplane with a banner floating behind, but a simple verbal thank your, email, or note card can go along way. The simple act of sharing information on your cousins family with them or sending them old photographs you think might interest them is also a way of giving thanks. Who knows? You may need that individual again in the future. By saying thanks, you let them know that you appreciate their efforts.
So let’s say thanks to these individuals (you probably have others on your list, but this is a start…)
- The library volunteer who brought out the microfilm, then loaded the machine because you seemed to be extremely clumsy that day. Or, the one who helped you find the right database which was right on the screen.
- The mortuary employee who replied to your request.
- The church clerk who found your people in the old baptismal books.
- The website owner who did research on your behalf.
- The chat host who pointed you in the right direction.
- The fellow researcher who kept a look out for your names because they were researching the same town.
- The relative who spoke of uncomfortable memories because they knew it would provide the clues you need.
- The relative who sent you all those old photos no one wanted.
- The friend who did research on vacation because they were some place you could not go to.
- Anyone who takes time to help you pursue this wonderful hobby and further your knowledge of your history.