Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads


Do you need some writing inspiration for 2017? You don’t have to be a blogger. Remember that your own life stories are part of your family’s heritage and the stories will be lost to time if you don’t share them. Here are a few suggestions:
Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2016 by Jill Ball on GeniAus

Genealogy and the 52 Week Challenge by Alona Tester on Lonetester HQ

Jump-start Your Personal History Writing with #52Stories Project by Gail Dever on Genealogy à la Carte

Family Stories

A poignant tribute:
Merry Christmas to My Dad by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

Don’t Wait. A Cautionary Tale – Tuesday’s Tip by Nancy Messier on My Ancestors and Me

Marching Toward Solving a WWII Family Mystery with Ancestry DNA by Vera Miller on Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family


Dear Randy: What Are You Doing to Prepare for the RootsMagic Program Sync with Your Ancestry Member Tree? by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings

Methodology, News, Etc.

Pat is beginning her journey with “bujo.” The posts have been coming at a fast and furious pace these past couple of days. Here is the 8th in her series, but links to Parts 1-7 are embedded at the end of Post #8:
Setting Up My Bullet Journal Part 8 – Cover and Divider Tabs, all by Pat Richley-Erickson on DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog

10 Things Every Family Historian Should Do Once a Year by Laurence on MyHeritage Blog

Not just for bloggers:
Genealogy and the 52 Week Challenge by Alona Tester on Lonetester HQ

Genealogy Education


My 2017 Genealogy Resolutions

It is said that each year goes a bit faster than the one before as we age and that is certainly true for me this year. Days, weeks and months have been productive, but time has flown by and it’s time for my 2017 genealogy resolutions.

Last year, my list was in a calendar format, trying out different software programs, Pinterest, History Lines, Evidentia, GenDetective and a few other programs and websites. How did I do? I actually kept mostly ahead of my calendar items. I have more or less committed to RootsMagic 7 as my go-to genealogy software program, mainly because there is a local users group here in Tucson. Having said that, I am STILL playing with Legacy and Family Historian 6. The main drawback to Family Historian is that it doesn’t have source citation templates in the Evidence Explained format.

My list was also driven by my desire to learn more about the tech items and lesser known websites that are out there for genealogists.

My 2017 resolutions have a different focus and have more to do with regular research, continued genealogy education and giving back to the genealogy community.

  1. Attend RootsTech 2017 in Salt Lake City.

2. Make a research-only trip to the Family History Library, since RootsTech doesn’t leave enough time open! I have over 40 items on my “to do” list and many of them require searching multiple resources, like land deeds.

3. Giving back to the genealogy community is something everyone should be doing in some way – indexing records for FamilySearch, serving in an office in your local genealogical society, helping others through online groups, teaching others, visiting cemeteries and documenting grave sites – the list goes on and on. Everyone can help in some way.

I’ve been teaching a group of ladies through one of the welcome clubs in the area for the past 6 1/2 years. We meet once a month and, beforehand, I write up a handout with details about the current month’s topic or lesson. I enjoy teaching, the ladies seem to all enjoy learning and we have a fun time. I will continue teaching through 2017.

It’s also been quite a while since I’ve done any Family Search indexing. I need to put that back on my list and spend some time helping out. I have had so much success with my Danish and Swedish lines because of a LOT of help from the Scandinavian staff in Salt Lake. This is a great way to pay it forward.

4. Continue with daily posts on my blog. I love writing this blog. Besides having (virtually) met many cousins, I find that blog posts that focus on one person or one family are a great way to update my research. As I’ve been working on the family tree for 36 years, there are many branches that haven’t been put under the spotlight for a while. Blogging gives me the opportunity to share new finds and discover new branches on the tree.

5. Continue cleaning up my family trees by renaming photos and images in a set pattern. This is mind-numbingly boring so I either need to commit to it or keep things as they are. Hmmm.

That’s the 2017 list – short and to the point. It should be easy to keep all of these New Year’s resolutions. 🙂