Got 20 minutes in between diaper changes, play dates, or grocery store runs? Perfect! I know just what you can do!
Check out leaves on Ancestry!
What’s a leaf??? It’s when Ancestry has done some research work for you! Yes, Ancestry is saving you time by searching indexed documents for names in your tree.
To take advantage of this great service, log into Ancestry and look for the leaf logo at the top of your page or go to your tree (yes for this to work you must have a tree uploaded).
In 20 mins you may be able to do 1 leaf or 5 leaves or 10. It just depends on how interesting they are or unique or what you learn. If you need to set a timer go for it. That’s what I do so family history doesn’t become my time sucker of the day. Once my timer goes off I log off and I’m on to the next task.
The leaf can be another tree, a birth certificate, a census record or really anything Ancestry has in their indexed database. Once you have clicked on the leaf you see a summary of the leaf. You may see more than one record, this is great! It just means there is more than one record that matched your ancestor.
You can choose to review or ignore the record.
Please make sure it is your ancestor before you say it is them! After you have made sure the record is talking about your ancestor, you can save the information you learned from this record to your tree by comparing what you have in your tree to what the record says.
If your toddler hits ignore (because I’d never do that on accident 😉 haha) never fear there’s an ignore list that you can go to so you can undo it.
See how you COULD do a bunch of leaves in 20 mins or you COULD only do one leaf? Or you COULD look at leaves ALL DAY? Seriously use the timer tip above, you don’t want to feel guilty or get burned out.
How many leaves did you do today? Did you set a timer? Let me know below!