I have been setting yearly genealogy goals for the past few years. I try to assess how I am doing every three months, but due to home improvement projects, family commitments and a few personal health issues I haven't done this since April, yikes! In fact, this summer was a down time for blogging, research and genealogy education in general. My first thought was to just forget about it, but then I thought it would be interesting to see if I accomplished anything in the past six months. So, here goes:
My 2012 Genealogy Goals are:
- Research, record, and source vital record information for my mother's 11 brothers and sisters. Incomplete
- Research Vinera Eglantine Powers parentage. Incomplete
- View two webinars per month.
Researching Your New York Ancestors-Thomas McEntee through Legacy
Researching Your German Ancestors-Kory Meyerink through Legacy
Genealogy from the Inside-Out-Steve Luxenberg through SCGS Jamboree
Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes-D. Joshua Taylor through SCGS Jamboree
30 Second Genealogist-Barry Ewell- through SCGS Jamboree
Complex Evidence-Warren Bittner-through SCGS Jamboree
Military Records at the National Archives-Kerry Bartels through SCGS Jamboree
T The War of 1812-Peggy Clemen Lauritzen -through Illinois State Genealogical Society
Putting Flesh on the Bones-Ron Arons-through Legacy
Marriages and Anniversaries-Mining Newspapers-Thomas Kemp-through Legacy
Mapping Your Ancestors' Footsteps-Kathryn Lake Hogan-through Looking4Ancestors
Planning Your Way to Research Success-Marion Pierre-Louis-through Legacy
Building a Family from Circumstantial Evidence-Judy G. Russell-through Legacy
5 C's for Success in Genealogy Today-Barbara Renick-through Legacy
Beyond the Arrival Date; Extracting More from Immigrant Passenger Lists-Lisa Alzo-through Legacy
What is a Reasonably Exhaustive Search-Michael Hait-through Legacy
Use Your Digital Camera to Copy Records-Mary Hill-through Legacy
Read research wiki's or courses twice a month. Big ol' goose egg on this one
Finish the Glover surname file labels, using Family Roots Organizer System. Completed prior to April.
Add information received from a Glover researcher to my Roots Magic software.
Completed prior to April.
Hmm, that wasn't as bad as I thought. I guess carving out time for webinars was easier than any of the other things on my list. My thoughts on my progress are below:
Research Goals-Incomplete, so no brownie points for me.
Education Goals-I was pleasantly surprised that I viewed as many webinars as I did. Thank you Legacy, SCGS Jamboree 2012, and Looking4Ancestors for providing excellent educational opportunities which help me grow as a genealogist. Thank you also to the excellent webinar presenters who take their time to develop and present these.
Organization Goals-I can't take any credit for these being completed the last six months. Luckily, I completed those before April. If anyone saw the floor of my office right now, he/she would wonder if I had any organizational system at all! OK, I will share it with you; it looks like I need to get scanning! This is only part of what is in the office. I have a tub to the right of my desk and more on the other wall.
Hopefully, this assessment will motivate me to work on completing my goals in the next two and a half months. I hope you have a successful next couple of months with your goals.
(P.S. Please forgive the formatting issues, I don't know if it was blogger or me, but I had a devil of a time with this post.)