My Genealogy Goals for 2019

Welcome to 2019! It’s my first post of the year and I am excited to see what 2019 has in store for me and my blog. In my last post of 2018 I examined my progress on all the goals I set for myself last year. Now it’s time to start off the year with a fresh batch of goals!

Last year I bit off a little more than I could chew with my genealogy goals. I ended the year with several boxes left unchecked, including an entire category. This year I have a better understanding of the free time I can devote to genealogy and I have adjusted my goals accordingly. Some of my goals will be a continuation of last year’s goals while others are brand new projects.

Continuing from last year:

  • Blog weekly – I plan to published a blog post each Saturday morning through 2019. Subscribe to my blog if you want to keep up with my posts!
  • Watch 2 webinars per month – I have renewed my Legacy Family Tree webinar subscription and registered for many of the upcoming webinars on the calendar!
  • Complete 2 ancestor story projects – I started both of these in 2018 but they were put on hold. I plan to resume work and complete them in 2019.
    • Stephen Irwin’s biography – I am waiting on the Civil War pension file of his brother-in-law to provide additional insight into Stephen’s life.
    • L. G. Anderson’s sketch and history of his business – I started writing a biographical sketch of LG, but quickly realized it would go best as the introduction to a history of the four-generation business he founded. That will require obtaining some additional business records, which I hope to get this year.

New goals:

  • Read 5 books about genealogy methodology – The exact titles will be determined based on what new books are released in 2019 and what records or places my research takes me to. I don’t often devote much time to reading nonfiction, so hopefully this goal will motivate me to make more time for educational reading.
  • Visual phasing of mom’s DNA – I am fortunate that my parents each have two siblings to test. I am hoping that undertaking this project in 2019 will help me learn more about the process of visual phasing so I will later be able to apply it to my dad’s DNA.
  • Arrange and describe the family archive – Everything was essentially “appraised” in 2018, which consisted of determining what to keep, discarding or re-homing the rest, and rehousing the items into archival storage containers. Now that understand the scope of the collection, I need to refine the arrangement of the items, folders, and containers. After that I will label the folders and boxes to identify the contents.

I think this list seems challenging but manageable. I like setting goals that push me a little, rather than make a to-do list.

Have you set goals for yourself in 2019? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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