Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! Genealogy Goals!

To all my blogging & genealogy friends!  As well as a BIG THANK YOU for all your support and encouragement!

As I ponder the idea of having Genealogy goals for 2011 I thought I would start with reviewing my goals for 2010.  Mindful that I was new to being a serious genealogist.  These were the goals I wrote on my very first post on this blog.  I set the goals to help be keep focused. 
  • Sunday afternoon work on cleaning up the information I now have. 
    • Started but I see this really as an on going project.  Information constantly needs to be reevaluated for accuracy.
  • Thursdays take the British Isle training class for 8 weeks.
    • Took most of the weeks but had conflict some of the weeks but never took all of them.
  • After class go to the MRFHL one night a week.
    • Did this for about half the year.
  • Blog and check out blogs to learn new stuff.
    • This was one I do very well and I have learned a lot and made new friends.
  • Join a message board and a mailing list.
    • Did this and even received a helpful tip from one person that did give me results.

Here are some of the things I did that also increased my growth and knowledge that were not goals. 
  • Joined a local Genealogy Society and attend the meetings
  • Joined a National Genealogy Society and read their publications
  • Subscribed to Family Tree Magazine
  • Subscribed to
  • Started Indexing on Family Search
  • Took many free Webinars
  • Read three or four Genealogy Books
  • Meet three distant cousins and reconnected with a first cousin.
  • Meet other Genealogist via Facebook
  • I am one of the Geneabloggers.
  • Used post suggestion to tell my family History Stories.   
Well as I look at those goals and activies I see that I have grown a lot and accomplished a lot, or I feel like I have anyway.  So for this year I want to continue many of those successful activities and add a few more. 

  1. I want to learn more about Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness and ask for an act and return an act.
  2. I want to learn more about Wiki Tree
  3. Some of my more specific goals include:
  4. Find the marriage certificate of Joseph Hartmann to Susanne
  5. Find the Nationalization papers of Joseph Hartmann
  6. Find death certificate of Susanne Hartmann
  7. Find the graves of Joseph & Susanne Hartmann
  8. Find the graves of William and Minnie Chaplin
  9. Find the grave of Bertram Chaplin
  10. Find the grave Herbert Chaplin
  11. Find the grave of Edith Hartmann
  12. Make a nice Pedigree chart for my brothers with the new information I have.
  13. Finish my mother's life story
  14. Do more of the activities suggested by Amy at We Tree to be a better genealogist.  And to check out and do some of the past activities also.  
  15. Continue going to MRFHL at least twice a month
  16. Continue Indexing
I hope I haven't over filled my plate for the New Year.  But I do have 365 days to do these activities.  I only have to do them one at a time.  They will more likely get done if they are written down and on my radar.

So to all of you have a Happy, Healthy New Year and may your challenges  have good solutions.  

One small step for me and my ancestors


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