Goal Assessment-This Should Be Interesting-Motivation Monday

15 October 2012 8:05 AM Posted by Brenda L.

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
  • Research, record, and source vital record information for my mother's 11 brothers and sisters.  Incomplete
  •        Research Vinera Eglantine Powers parentage.  Incomplete

Education
  • 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
17 Viewed
 
Read research wiki's or courses twice a month.  Big ol' goose egg on this one

 
Organization
 
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 LegacySCGS 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.)


  

2 Response to "Goal Assessment-This Should Be Interesting-Motivation Monday"

  1. Claudia Says:

    Set smaller short term goals, maybe that will be more obtainable.

  2. Brenda Leyndyke Says:

    Claudia, thank you for the suggestion. Since I started making genealogy goals I have tried a variety of goal setting ways. Part of my problem is I get excited about something and off I go with that line of research.

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