Here are a few reasons why it sometimes can seem like a drudge:
- You've hit a brick wall
- You are disorganized
- You've lost your zeal for research because you haven't found anything/anyone lately
- You are overly focused on a goal to increase the number of ancestors and relatives in your database
- You are overly focused on a goal to to prove that your ancestry goes back to a specific century
- You are intimidated by the experts and the requirement for detailed source citations and you are not documenting sources "sufficiently"
Here are a few solutions and most importantly one thing (#1) that can give you a positive kick start:
- Stop focusing on the ancestors you don't know and start focusing on the ancestors you do know
- First of all - if you don't have a family history website - build one
- Search for newspaper articles about your ancestors
- Focus on photos of your ancestors for awhile
- Focus on writing ancestor stories for awhile
I wrote more about this over a year ago: Why Aren't You Having Fun with Your Family History Research? You might want to check it out.
Let's have some fun, OK?