I have been working on my family tree for a number of years now. During that time I also worked on the trees of others, the brick walls of others, and those other aspects of life that are not genealogically related. I still work outside the home. I would find different clues while researching, and each of them would open a new door to possibilities. Many times I would have to chose ONE of them and pursue that option for what seemed like weeks. Then upon a successful or unsuccessful outcome I had another sliver of truth to attach to my tree. Along the way, those paths that were left un-taken were somehow forgotten. There always seem to be more possibilities than answers. A few months later I would find a new reference to one of those long forgotten paths, get excited, and then wonder..... "what did I do with those notes?" Seems I could never really find the notes in question. I mean, they are there somewhere, just not sure where that somewhere is.
This is where our website came into question. I have been tinkering with the internet since the 1990's. I have always had an enjoyment dabbling in computer code and website building. Sometime around 2002 I found the message board software to be interesting and used it to create 2 websites for other non-profit uses. Building a website is similar to my genealogy work. It is a journey, it is challenging, and it is rewarding when it comes together. That is when I thought that this software would be able to help me organize my notes, those notes somehow left in a pile somewhere. Those notes that I could no longer find. Those notes that are in an email folder, computer folder, folded up and put away somewhere safe for later. Isn't it strange that those safe places designed for later can never be found again? Strange I said, not pleasurable.
This I when I began to use this forum, or message board software to create a digital work space for my genealogy work and that of my beautiful wife. We have only just begun to work through all of the issues and get the site into a position to be more helpful, but that is for next time.