I would much rather be writing than researching and trying to chart. What possible research could be doing to create family trees, do you ask?
Why, names. Common given names, common surnames. English names, Irish names, German names. Male names, female names. GAH. SO MANY NAMES. And I need a list of a bunch with which to populate my town and have a frame of reference for what some of the characters are talking about. I really wish this had occurred to me earlier. Of course, if my characters hadn't hijacked so much, I wouldn't have ended up here. Sigh. I hate research.