In an earlier post I discussed setting genealogy goals for the new year. The first step to this end was to join a support group formed by Stephanie over at Corn And Cotton: My Family's Story. Each week I hope to have some progress report in each of the categories selected to improve my research.
The most surprising part was the response the original post garnered. Many people stopped by to offer support and give excellent organizational tips. How encouraging for a rookie researcher to be part of a community that readily shares support and guidance.
Additionally, my son-in-law, Lucas suggested I look into Evernote. Will be investigating in coming weeks.
In practice this sounds easy, but there were more times than I can count where I hit "snooze!" This will most certainly take more discipline and commitment to achieve.
3. Conduct oral history interviews - This week I have discovered several websites with helpful tips on conducting interviews.
50 Questions for Family History Interviews - About.com Genealogy
Oral History Interview, Questions and Topics - JewishGen
4.Connect with other researchers - Nothing to report this week.
5. Give back to the community - Saturday I registered for Worldwide Indexing over at the FamilySearch website. It was very easy and a great tutorial is provided. My plan is to spend at least a hour each week on this goal.
6. Prepare to present a workshop at the local public library - There was a great comment about not bitting off more than I could chew. Randall stated "think of it like a body builder's workout; their muscles grow by 'challenging' them to lift all they comfortably can, then go just a little more" What a great analogy!
A wonderful step forward to achieving this goal came from another genealogy friend. I met Jennifer Holik-Urban on Twitter last year. In the mornings we have casual conversations about weather, our families and weekend plans.
Jennifer read about the project and made several suggestions. She even sent helpful information about beginning genealogy presentations. Another great example of the generosity found in this community!
I do have a confession to make this week. I have a new obsession. Thanks to another Twitter friend, Caroline, too much time is being spent on Pinterest.
What is a girl to do? Too many distracting shiny objects on the Interenet!
And so goes week one of the "get myself in gear" genealogy project.
*alarm clock graphic courtesy The Graphics Fairy