Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Status of Your 2023 Genealogy Goals

The Saturdays are flying by and it’s almost mid-July. However, it’s time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun once again with Randy Seaver. I saw Marcia’s post and suggested this would be good for a mid-year SNGF challenge.

1)  Marcia Philbrick wrote Goal Update this week on her Heartland Genealogy blog.  Linda Stufflebean suggested this would be a good topic for SNGF.
2)  What were your 2023 genealogy goals?  How are you doing in achieving them?  [If you didn’t do goals this year, what goals would you like to achieve by the end of 2023?]
Here are my 2023 goals:

1. Continue to give back to the genealogy community.

I’m doing well with this goal. I am still teaching my Anquestors group each month, with the exception of April when the Stufflebeans all got Covid. I am also teaching a 4-week beginner genealogy class starting this Monday with one of my local genealogy societies. I even filled in a program for the Pima County Genealogical Society here in Tucson with a program on researching Loyalists. All of these are strictly volunteer on my part.

I’ve sent home several vintage photos that I’ve purchased online back to descendants, although I’ve only heard back from one person.

I’ve left some comments on other’s blogs, but still need to improve my numbers. We all enjoy getting feedback on our posts!

2. Continue to expand the family trees.

I’ve kept right on target with telling the stories of my female ancestors from their point of view. The 3X greats will finish by the end of the year.

3. Continue my genealogy education.

I attended RootsTech 2023 virtually, as I expected.

I’ve also continued watching online webinars and especially enjoy the programs offered by the Essex Society of Family History in England and the Chula Vista Genealogical Society in California.

4. Clean up my source citations in RootsMagic.

This is one area in which I’ve been lagging. I got off to a good start from February into April. I lost steam when I got Covid twice and then had to spend time working on the presentations for Pima County and the Sun City Vistoso Genealogical Societies.

However, I will have lots of time from the end of July through December to get back to the clean up in RootsMagic 7. I haven’t heard terrific things about RootsMagic 9, so I will need to make a decision about my future software choice in early 2024. I have current versions of Family Historian 7, Family Tree Maker 2019, Heredis 2023, Legacy 9 and RootsMagic 9. At the moment, I think I’m leaning towards using Family Historian 7 full time.

That’s it for my goals. Thank you Marcia and Randy for the reminder to review my progress for 2023.

One thought on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Status of Your 2023 Genealogy Goals”

  1. You have made good progress on most of your goals and you should be happy with that. I’m using RM9 and though it was a struggle, I’m getting along all right. But it’s a personal choice so do what makes you happy. As for citations, I tend to write them freehand and add them to the notes section of the citation. I also use free-form as Randy does.

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