One-Page Research Form

On my way home from RootsTech I was inspired to renew my research on my brickwall ancestor, John H. McKee. I started by writing down my research question: When did John McKee die? Followed by a research plan. To put my research plan on paper I pulled out a form I had developed a while... Continue Reading →

My RootsTech Day Bag

Today I packed for RootsTech 2019! I have been working on planning some carry-on only travel to Europe in the fall, so I've had packing on the brain this week and it's spilling over into this week's blog post. After two years of packing waaaay too much in a suitcase that was waaaay too big... Continue Reading →

2018 Genealogy Goals Wrap-up

A lot has changed in the last year! In February 2018 I moved to Northern Indiana and started working as a genealogy librarian there, which has been a wonderful opportunity to serve genealogists in the community and hone my skills in areas unrelated to my own family tree. All year I was conscious of the... Continue Reading →

Gifts for Genealogists Under $30

Genealogists are pretty easy people to buy gifts for. There are so many aspects to the hobby that make for great gifts at all price ranges. Even if they already have the thing you picked out…genealogists love to have backup copies of everything! Just promise me you won’t buy anyone a faux-parchment certificate with their... Continue Reading →

Staying Motivated

Lately I've been distracted and unmotivated. I get home from work and I don't want to work on genealogy, work on my blog, or fulfill some of my related commitments. For example, I am writing this blog post way past my self-imposed deadline. I've been wasting time doing other things instead, things that mostly involve... Continue Reading →

My Genealogy Vision Board

Have you ever heard of a "vision board"? It's purpose is to serve as a visual and tangible snapshot of your goals or your "ideal life". They are often constructed from poster board and magazine cutouts, but can also be created with on canvas or cork board. Vision boards have exploded in popularity among the... Continue Reading →

1st Quarter Goals Update

Back in January I set a long list of my genealogy goals for 2018. Now that we are three months into the year, I thought it would be a good time to give an update on my progress! Adding events to my Google Calendar has been the biggest factor in making progress on these goals.... Continue Reading →

My Genealogy Goals for 2018

Happy New Year everyone! Okay, I'm a little late, but I've been out of town for a few weeks. Now I'm back, graduated, and not yet employed. Let's start the new year off by reviewing the goals I set in a blog post this time last year: Research - 3 out of 4 goals achieved, not... Continue Reading →

Genealogy Do-Over 2017: Part 2

I am participating in Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over 2017! I have purchased the workbook and I completed the first month's task so I'm skipping ahead to month 2 a little early! The second task is to prepare for research by establishing procedures and goals. I took the basic procedures described in the workbook and fleshed... Continue Reading →

Genealogy “Do-Over” 2017: Part 1

This year I am planning to participate in Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over! I have purchased the fantastic workbook and I am starting with Month 1! Month 1 is all about setting aside research and preparing for a do-over. Since 95% of my genealogy is digital, this is an easy task for me. I have created... Continue Reading →

Looking Back at Genealogy Goals

Recently while browsing my files I noticed a list I made in Word titled "Genealogy Goals 2015" so I thought I should take a look back at the progress I've made towards these goals since I made this list back in December 2014. Solidify sources for grandparents & great-grandparents, then continue back through generations. Funny enough,... Continue Reading →

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