Reflecting on the first 3 months of Three Surnames Genealogy: A Journey of Self Discovery

Embarking on a new business venture is akin to setting sail on uncharted waters. Every twist and turn, every success and setback, contributes to the narrative of its growth. As I reflect on the first three months of establishing Three Surnames Genealogy, I am filled with a profound sense of gratitude, excitement, and anticipation for the journey ahead.

The journey to Three Surnames began years ago as a passionate hobbyist researcher and stay-at-home Mum of 2.  Then that day arrived which I hope most mothers can relate, when you realise “oh what do I do next?” The kids being teenagers and needing less of my attention, I took the plunge and enrolled in a Correspondence course to better understand my hobby and guilty pleasure of Genealogy.

Before I could blink, I was doing my exams and the kids were launched off to University with their unwavering enthusiasm for life and new adventures summoned their attention. Shamefully I wanted some of that excitement, so this five year journey has come to fruition where I took the final leap of faith at the beginning of this year and relaunched my career. Armed with a fervent curiosity and a dedication to meticulous research, I set out to offer a personalized and enriching experience to family and clients seeking to explore their family histories.

In these initial months, each day brought with it a new challenge and a new opportunity for growth. From crafting a compelling brand identity to building a healthy online presence, laying the groundwork for Three Surnames Genealogy demanded unwavering time and dedication. However, it was the genuine enthusiasm and support from family and clients that has truly fuelled the journey.

The first three months have been a period of continuous learning and refinement. As I navigate the intricate web of historical records both online and in archives (London and Brussels). I’m constantly honing my research methodologies and expanding the repertoire of genealogical tools. Every breakthrough deepens my understanding of the craft and enhances my ability to deliver. 

A special shoutout to my three favourite support networks for the Genealogy community: 

  • SOG – Society of Genealogists (London UK)

There online education programme is immense and their social community is invaluable for an internationally based Genealogist.

  • Register of Qualified Genealogists (London UK)

Their monthly mentoring circle has been a life saver, without the sharing of expertise Three Surnames would not be so far in just three months. 

  • The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (Canterbury UK)

Their online correspondence course is challenging and rewarding, highly recommended. Their online workshops and support are excellent.

Of course, no journey is without its challenges. From navigating the complexities of archival research to managing client expectations, the path to establishing Three Surnames Genealogy has been marked by its fair share of minor obstacles. Mainly self-doubt and over thinking.

Looking ahead, the future of Three Surnames Genealogy brims with possibility. As I embark on the next leg of this journey, I do so with a sense of optimism, purpose, and an unwavering belief that this will succeed. 

In conclusion, the first three months of Three Surnames Genealogy have been nothing short of amazing. 

  1. Initiating the business.
  2. Updating the website 3 times from landing page to this blog site.
  3. Launching a new research project Britons in Belgium, which attempts to uncovers the forgotten stories of why many Brits choose to live in Belgium. 
  4. This new personal blog documenting Three Surnames journey and other genealogical gems
  5. Producing my first family book
  6. My first official client

Fuelled by a passion for discovery and a commitment to excellence, I have embarked on a journey that promises to enrich lives, deepen connections, and preserve legacies for generations to come. As I reflect on how far I’ve come, I’m reminded that I should not be so hard on myself as the greatest adventures are yet to unfold. I’m looking forward to What am I doing next?  and Where am I going?

#Geneaology #SOG #RQG #IHGS

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