Most of the day I been reading posts from family researchers outlining their goals for the coming year. They have started me thinking about where I stand in my genealogy quest.
The coming year will be the third for this blog and the fourth for my genealogy adventure. Some of those days we were dealing with my father's illness and eventual death. That event has caused me to take stock of where I stand with this endeavor.
As if on cue one of my favorite genealogy bloggers wrote about setting short-term and long-term goals for 2012. Stephanie of Corn And Cotton: My Family's Story has begun a support group where we can encourage each other down this new path.
With this in mind there are several milestones I would like to reach in the coming year.
1. Organize. I have tried to file away all papers and documents to find them readily. Sometimes I am pretty consistent with this plan, others times I forget even the time of day. This morning I purchased several Tupperware containers and file folders. The plan for January is to develop an easy method to corral data.
2. Focus. I am a little embarrassed to say how easily I become distracted while researching. There are times I am not sure how I end up in the places I find myself at the end of the day. More seasoned family researchers have told me to stay on task. To follow each strand of information until you have exhausted every possible lead. I am not sure how I will accomplish this goal. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
3. Conduct oral history interviews. There are several family members who are the last of their respective lines. With my father's passing it has opened my eyes to the importance of documenting the stories of our lives. This is one goal that I really need to stop spinning my wheels and get in gear. This month I plan to research interview questions and recording equipment.
4. Connect with other researchers. Over the past several years much of my interaction with fellow researchers has been online. It is so comfortable to sit here in my sweats with my hair thrown on top of my head chatting with virtual friends. I have made some pretty amazing connections with people I even would call friends. This year I need to make the effort to attend more genealogy discussion group meetings and join the Harford County Genealogical Society. Guess I will have to change my clothes and comb my hair.
5. Give back to the community. Last year I signed up to transcribe records for the Family History website. I am ashamed to say how little was completed on that front. I need to schedule dedicated time for this project.
6. Prepare to present a workshop at the local public library. Sure hope I have not bitten off more than I can handle with this one! Our library system was selected to take part in the Smithsonian Institution's Journey Stories Exhibition. One of the programs we will be presenting is "Beginning Genealogy". A branch librarian asked if I would lead on of these sessions. Even as I write this there are butterflies banging around my stomach. This will certainly take me out of my comfort zone. This month I plan to start by asking several more knowledgeable genealogy friends for their input.
Well, there is my list. As you can see I have taken an honest assessment. All I can say is I am glad to have the support of my geneablogger friends as I travel into 2012.
Come join the fun!