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.
- 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!
Great post! (Thanks for the inspiration to go and make my own goals – specifically genealogy-related goals).
I am newbie that has dabbled on and off for a few years. I am just getting back into it and have set goals each year and failed terribly. However I am inspired reading yours and will revisit mine for this year to help motivate me. One thing I want to do more is blog. I started a blog but as with my research it has been neglected. I just signed up for an introduction to genealogy class hoping this also will get me back on track. I am looking forward to meeting more people so I can keep the fire burning this time around. Thanks for this great post.