After reading Jenifer Alison Jones’ post regarding her “2012 – Genealogical Goals & Resolutions”, I found that the majority of them rang strong bells and were true for me as well. So based on her responses to this question, I have kept many of her answers, and adapted them to my own circumstances
At GeneaBloggers the question was asked on Open Thread Thursday – What Are Your Genealogy Goals and Resolutions for 2012?
· Keep up to date with other bloggers more than I have this year. The few that I follow, I really enjoy, and learn a lot from, but would like to extend that out to getting to know more bloggers
· Get my office turned into a "den of genealogy". Lots of tidying, organising and sorting to be done yet to achieve that aim, AND stop using the spare bed as a storage / sorting table!
· Start the Certificate of Genealogy
· Continue to scan documents and get them organised
· Continue to scan photos and organised them
· Write articles about some of my “Brick Wall” ancestors and submit for publication to Australian Family Tree Connections
· Write articles regarding my research into my Tasmanian Convict ancestors and submit for publication to the Founders and Survivor’s group’s newsletter “Chain Letter” or Inside History Magazine
· Join the Inverell District Family History Group, The Glen Innes and District Historical Society and the Armidale Family History Society – Can I really afford all these as well as the Genealogical and Historical Societies I already belong to? These are the ones that would be able to help me the most in breaking down my main brick wall though!
· Read all I can about Scottish and Irish history and research
· Visit cemeteries at Rookwood, Randwick, Glen Innes & Inverell to photograph and record grave sites – all these are in New South Wales and will require some travelling
· Upload photos and certificates to Family Tree Maker and BACKUP
· Learn more about Family Tree Maker 2012 and decide whether to upgrade
· Ensure that all sources in Family Tree Maker are clearly cited and uniform
· Keep in contact with family members who I have met recently through my online family tree
· Do a “Research Trip” around New South Wales”, visiting all the local societies, small townships and relevant cemeteries where my ancestors lived and were buried.
· Continue to search for my brick-wall, the elusive Owen Smith, a shoemaker at the Station, “Boorolong” near Armidale, NSW
· Keep in contact with family who are living now, as they are more important than all of the above, especially as I only have a few cousins, close and distant left. I am now part of the older generation, with all Aunts, Uncles and Parents passed away.
Thanks Jenifer for articulating my goals so clearly.
I do tend to get side-tracked quite a bit – as do I.