Deciding on Those 2023 Genealogy Goals

With the close of one year and the beginning of a new one, it’s time once again to focus on my genealogy goals. I’ve learned through the years that specific, somewhat narrowly defined goals work best for me and I generally have met most of my past goals.

Therefore, it’s obvious to me that my four categories of past goals work well in helping to formulate new goals for 2023, so here they are:

1. Continue to give back to the genealogy community.

I am very happy that my Anquestors group has felt comfortable starting up once again in 2022 and meeting in person, so I will continue to teach my genea-friends about new resources and techniques for adding leaves and branches to the family tree.

I will most definitely continue to re-home vintage photos and postcards to descendants of the original subjects. I get a thrill every time I find a possibility and realize that there are descendants today. It’s actually quite sad to find a pretty/cute photo only to learn the person has no direct descendants today.

I follow and read many blogs and choose many posts to include on my Friday Finds. However, while I occasionally leave comments, I think I’ve left fewer this last year than in previous years. I’m going to make an effort to leave a minimum of one comment per week.

2. Continue to expand the family trees.

This year, I am going to focus on writing family sketches of the women in my family tree. I mentioned it several months ago and, although I wrote a few in 2022, there will be at least two per month posting in 2023.

Rather than expanding the number of leaves on my family trees this year, it will be more about expanding my knowledge and understanding of the ancestors’ life circumstances.

3. Continue my genealogy education.

RootsTech  2023 will, for the first time ever, be a hybrid event.  My heart wants to attend live and enjoy the in-person fun, but my head still warns me to take care.

I will definitely attend, but whether virtually or in-person will be a last minute decision. I’m not much of a risk taker and will probably stay home, but we’ll see as the event draws closer.

I’ll continue watching one-off online webinars, but have become more selective in those I view. That’s because I’ve watched so many that I recognize repeats of a talk given to more than one organization.

I can’t think of any in-person conferences that I’d be attending, but if an interesting one is offered online, I’ll register.

4. Clean up my source citations in RootsMagic.

This is the goal that will most definitely fill my time! I decided last year that, with the learning curve in RM8 and my previous reluctance to take on this project, that I am better able to stick with this clean up using RootsMagic 7.

When I finish, I will then create a gedcom, load it into RootsMagic 8 and then learn the nuances and outright changes to be found in RM8.

This project is much bigger than it might seem because I decided it also means adding in the ancestors, mostly collateral, that have accumulated in multiple Word files that I’ve created in the past – Adams, Astle, Miller, Whitmer and Molin all come to mind.

Updating those files before adding them into my database is something I’ve been busy with since early summer 2022. And, I’m no where near finished with the Adams document. Because I took the Applied Genealogy Institute class on Advanced Swedish Methods, I have updated the Molin file. That still leaves three other files that I haven’t even looked at yet! I will be busy, but I’ve finally accepted my own challenge to get busy cleaning up my documentation.

Those are my 2023 goals and I’m feeling quite confident in being able to meet them.


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