Breaking Through #1 Challenge When Trying to Find Family in Mexico: Frustration
Summary: Are you frustrated because you want to find family in Mexico or start your Mexico genealogy and nothing you have done works? You're not alone. Hours of research only ending in frustration is the #1 challenge when trying to find family in Mexico or starting your Mexico genealogy research.
What are the leading five challenges that prevent people from finding famly in Mexico or starting their Mexico genealogy research?
The five biggest challenges are:
Frustration in Searching to Find a Person in Mexico
Having No Information About This Person
Not Knowing How to Get Started
Sorting Through the Information You Gather
Knowing Where to Go Next so You Can Find a Person in Mexico
The most common challenge that I have come across in my research is frustration. People may feel as though there's no hope for them to find a person in Mexico.
If you are frustrated it may be because you don't know or speak the Spanish language. This can be especially upsetting if you are doing your Mexico genealogy and researching to find your birth mother or father living in Mexico.
Some of our clients have said their biggest problem is they have no idea where to start looking. Some tell us they have names and some information, but have not had any luck at all finding family in Mexico. They may be ready to stop their Mexico genealogy research because they feel overwhelmed, confused or even depressed. They are possibly frustrated because they may have spent months on the Internet and have come up with nothing.
Searching the Internet
Let's talk about that for a minute. There's a good reason why a person search to find a person in Mexico or doing Mexico genealogy research to find family living in Mexico has not found any information. Let's start with the Internet. For most people, the Internet is an easy way to find people. Let's face it, if you are trying to find someone in the United States, all you need to do is put in their name, city, state, and maybe their zip code.
There are many online search engines such as Google, Yahoo, or the Internet White Pages. If a person has done something that got them listed on the Internet such as: owning a web site; have published articles; been in a newspaper; or even just have a residential listing that is online, they can easily be found through an online search just by plugging their information into a search engine. There is a lot of personal information on people living in the United States and there are several ways to search for them and it is very easy to find them--if they are living in the United States.
So naturally, when most people think about finding a person in Mexico, whether or not they are doing Mexico genealogy research, they turn to the Internet. However, the problem with trying to find family in Mexico by using the Internet is that very little of the information on individuals who are living in Mexico is digitized. Herein lays the problem. The information so you can find family in Mexico is not on the Internet including free family genealogy web sites.
If you did an Internet search for Mexico, you would receive a lot of results, but a closer look at the results reveals that most of them have to do with New Mexico or Mexico, Missouri. The results you get from these online searches are almost always about people living in the United States and are not focused on the Country of Mexico which is where you want to get information.
"Not everything is on the web"
I'd say perhaps only 10% of genealogical information out there is on the Web. But when people do genealogy research, they think that's 100%, and they make a big error that way. Not everything is on the Web. And some of the things that are on the Web are erroneous."
Research Library Director, New England
Historic Genealogical Society
"How to be a Self-Sufficient Researcher"
by Margaret Moen
Are You Wasting Time Online?
Even though you may spend a lot of time looking for this information and have visited some of the family genealogy research web sites, it may be in the wrong direction. So rest your fingers for a minute if you have already spent an hour or more looking on the Internet. Why would I say this? Because most people have used up their own ideas of where and how to search online after an hour.
There is a science to searching online. After an hour most people have used up all of their resources and ideas of how to look for information. After that a lot of people are just spending time surfing the net, bouncing from site to site, looking and hoping for some new information to find family in Mexico.
People may feel that if they keep searching, they will find that one Mexico genealogy research web site that has the information they are looking for. There is no one magic web site that will give you a simple answer to find family in Mexico. It is just not out there and this includes free family genealogy sites.
If you are frustrated because you have spent a lot of time looking for someone, have tried free family genealogy web sites and nothing you have done has worked to help you to find family in Mexico or start your Mexico genealogy, you are finally in the right place. In other articles, I am going to share with you information on what to do. So don't give up.
The Mexico Guru
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