The last few months haven't been entirely without steps forward, though:
- We had a family reunion last weekend, where I had grand plans to sit in a corner and scan pictures to my heart's content... and then I had massive technology!fail, and I had to content myself with making color copies. But it was a two day event, with between 25 and 50 people there, and people got to see cousins that they hadn't seen in decades. In my case, I got to talk with family members whom I last talked to when I was about 15. So. That was a lot of fun!
- We made plans to get my great uncle's research materials (that went into The Family Book) back to my state, wherein I and two of my other genealogically inclined cousins in my generation will sort through it, scan everything we want to scan, snag any originals that might be hidden in corners, and then donate it to... someplace. The Family Book is 900 pages or so long, and while not all of that is Family Stuff, a good portion of it is. So. It's going to be a big job.
- ...I got put in charge of figuring out how to create a technological way for our family to stay in touch, so now I'm trying to design an easy to use website that everyone in the family can have access to. (It is password protected, so no one will be able to access it without my giving them access to it.) That's what I've been working on today. There's going to be a blog and/or forum for family updates and chit chat. There's going to be a wiki for the family history aspect. And there's going to be a photo album for all of the family pictures. (Does anyone have a family website for their family? Are there things that I should be adding to this whole adventure?)
I hope that everyone is having good luck tackling those brick walls!