I have commitment issues. In fact, I have been in a relationship for four years without committing. Until today, I had a crude, lazy live-in that I wasn’t in love with; but I was too scared to try anything new, to lose what little I’d gained, by cutting the strings and going free to find The One. I think I had convinced myself that a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush, and what did those birds in the bush have that mine didn’t have? Sure, maybe they were a little neater or more fun, but change is hard. Change costs money and time and effort.
But recently, I went on a few dates. An hour here, a half-hour there, I started dipping my toe in the water. They impressed me with their looks and their talent. But I still hesitated. There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but there’s lots of sharks, too. And I hate commitment. Making a choice is so…final.
But today, I did it. After seeking lots of advice and reviewing their profiles again, I made a choice. I kicked my four-year relationship to the curb and decided on a new relationship, one that will hopefully endure through time and change and bring new features, both rich and rewarding, like citation support, web-searching functions, to-do lists and-
Oh, wait. You did know we’re talking about genealogy programs, right? Uh….let me rephrase that.
Today I finally decided I was going to stop living with the feature-poor, crude ancestry.com trees I’ve been using since starting my genealogy research four years ago (yes, all that time). After hemming and hawing and watching tutorials and trying various versions, I narrowed it down to Legacy and Rootsmagic, and I decided on Rootsmagic! I have made a commitment to a genealogy program! My first in all this time! And honestly, I’m not sure how I survived without it, or any genealogy program, really. Seeing how clunky ancestry.com is after exploring these various programs, I’m shocked how I made do. But like I said above, change is hard. I was scared to make the wrong choice and hate it later. Plus, money was involved. But I think we’re going to be happy together, as long as RM doesn’t leave the toilet seat up.
I have a long road ahead of me. I’ve already decided not to import a GEDCOM, even though my tree has 1000+ people in it. Nope, I’m going to reenter it all by hand, because that is going to force me to evaluate every piece of evidence and source and cite it, something my first tree was lacking a lot of. I’m hoping this experience, however long it takes, will give me fresh insight into my research. But they always said that relationships take work – I’m ready to put in the time. Let’s make a beautiful life together, Rootsmagic!
Thank you to my Salt Lake CC Gen 1000 class assignment this week for forcing me to make a commitment, and for my groupmembers in the US-REC group started by Tonia and Valerie for their advice.
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