It’s time to review those 2022 genealogy goals I set for myself last year at this time. How’d I do?
Well, I kept it simple with a list of just four goals and they are the kind of goals that can be recurring.
Here they are:
1. Continue to give back to the genealogy community.
I was very pleased to be able to re-start local Anquestors genealogy group, which I’ve hosted/taught since 2010. We went on hiatus in March 2020, but being a small group, we decided it was safe to start in-person meetings once again. We began with a planning brunch in May, on my back patio since May is pretty perfect Tucson weather. We’ve met each month since, except for December. For whatever reason, the Tucson area had way, way higher numbers of flu, Covid and RSV infections than any other area of Arizona. We’re all seniors, so we decided to reschedule our holiday luncheon as a New Year’s lunch instead, keeping in mind the infection rate here.
My second giving back activity – sending home vintage photos – has been very successful this year. I regularly scout out reasonably priced vintage photos with ID’d subjects in smaller American towns and match them up with today’s descendants.
I actually hit a dry spell during the summer, as there didn’t seem to be many well priced photos. I’m not sure why someone feels an ordinary photo of someone is worth $25 just because it’s old – so I expanded my repertoire and added vintage postcards with signed messages to my re-homing list.
I don’t expect to receive any feedback from the lucky recipients, but it absolutely makes my day when someone does respond with enthusiasm at the unexpected gift.
Lastly, two societies to which I belong asked for volunteers to help out and present programs. I offered to help each and presented, for free, one program on how to navigate the FamilySearch website and one on how/where to find digitized books online and understanding the formats in which they are saved. Presenting Zoom talks wasn’t on my list of things to do, but both programs were well received and I was happy to help out in a pinch.
2. Continue to expand the family trees.
I found Jacqi Stevens’s 12 Most Wanted for 22 idea to be a lot of fun and devoting several concentrated weeks of research produced some interesting and unexpected results. My best find, I think, was learning that William Tarbox died in the state hospital in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine and not at home in New Gloucester, as indicated by his death record and burial in the New Gloucester cemetery. Even more astounding was finding his hospital record digitized ad available online for free.
I’ve also been very fortunate to expand some of the early family tree branches because of scholarly published articles on several of my ancestors, taking them back into the late 1400s!
3. Continue my genealogy education.
As I expected, I attended absolutely zero in-person genealogy conferences. I did not get to Sacramento for NGS, which was a big disappointment because that conference isn’t held in the West very often.
However, I did attend a number of virtual events. I was a regular attendee at quite a few one-off monthly genealogy webinars hosted by a variety of societies.
I especially enjoyed programs hosted by two societies to which I belong – the Chula Vista Genealogy Society in California and the Essex Society for Family History in England.
RootsTech 2022 was another fun event, although I do miss the in-person excitement in Salt Lake City.
I think the most interesting and educational experience I had in 2022 was taking my first class on Advanced Swedish Research methods with Jill Morelli through the Applied Genealogy Institute. Classes will always be virtual, it was much more affordable than the other big genealogy institutes and I learned a lot.
I definitely acquired some new research skills in 2022.
4. Clean up my source citations in RootsMagic using RM8.
This is the goal that I’ve procrastinated on and put off for several years. NOT in 2022! By June, I was hot at work cleaning in RootsMagic. I adjusted my plan slightly, by staying in RootsMagic 7. I decided with the amount of work to be done, and needing some motivation to keep going, I’d be more successful staying with a program I knew well. I have RootsMagic 8, but I understand there is a learning curve so I’ve decided to wait until about 99% of my project is done before I import it from RM7 to RM8.
I’ve put in hundreds of hours so far and this goal will extend well into 2023 because there are a number of Word files I have with Adams, Astle and Whitmer descendants that need to be updated.
I’ve cleaned up source citations back through my 2X great grandparents and have some of the 3X great grandparents finished. You’ll here more about adding the families in Word files to my software with next year’s goals.
However, I consider myself as having achieved this goal because it’s the first year I’ve stuck with it and have been motivated to keep going!
I’m pleased as punch with myself with my progress on this year’s goals. All have been achieved, although #4 will take many more hours of work in 2023 to actually complete.
How did you do on your own genealogy goals?
2 thoughts on “2022 Recap: How’d I Do with My Genealogy Goals?”
Congratulations! You did well with your 2022 goals. I, too, have RM8 and I’m finding it a bit of a learning curve. I wish I had done what you’re doing and stuck with RM7 to finish needed tasks. Happy new year!
I applaud you for helping those lost photos and postcards find a way home! I sometimes wished I didn’t upgrade to RM8. It is very frustrating. I only fix citations when I’m working on a person and start writing. Good luck on your progress.