Well it’s that time when many people think about making goals for the coming year. I know a lot of people don’t bother with this activity, but it helps me to feel like I am making the best use out of the years I have been given on earth. Lists and goals help me to focus my energy and achieve what I want to do. I am a INFJ in the Myers-Briggs Assessment, with an emphasis on the J, so I have many “to do” lists. I have lists for daily and weekly things that need to get done, a “master” list for yearly life goals, grocery lists, book lists (so grateful for GoodReads so that I can do that in an application now!) and of course genealogy lists of projects/goals.
So what makes the genealogy list for 2015? (I used the categories from AnceStories:The Story of My Ancestors – Key Genealogy Categories for Targeting Your Goals)
Research Projects (Targets)
- Submit new/unproven ancestors James McNair and James McMasters supplements to DAR.
- Get St. Louis NARA records for post Spanish-American War family members (WWI, WWII etc.)
- Research southern ancestors – Hollingsworth, Turner, McCreary, McCullen, Graves families
- Get to know Tennessee genealogy records (since I live here now) – I am going to use both famous/historical people who are buried in our local cemetery and try to find one of my ancestors (or my spouse’s) that passed through here.
- Legacy – all new or newly reviewed) records will be cited and documented correctly in Legacy
- Projects – all projects will use a research plan and follow Genealogical Proof Standards.
- NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri
- IGHR or GRIP – still trying to decide on Southern Genealogy vs. Land Records
- DNA – Watch webinars/take classes to understand my DNA results and use to enhance my research.
- Doing the Genealogy Do Over by Thomas MacEntee for the next 13 weeks
- If I follow the Genealogy Do Over topics, whatever I have is going to be organized!
- Blog at least 24 times in 2015.
- Select a family research project to create a book to give to the family
- Get article published
- There is nothing like a genealogy trip – take trip to Alabama and Mississippi to research the Hollingsworth, Turner, McCrary, McCullen and Graves families.
- Take a genealogy trip/conference with my friends.
I have again probably taken on more than I can realistically accomplish with what life surprises us with during the year, but by writing the goals down I will achieve much more than if I didn’t.
What goals are on your list?
Here are a few of the blogs I looked at when thinking about my goals: