It doesn’t seem possible that it’s already time to review my yearly genealogy goals. However, it is December and New Year’s Day 2024 is only a few short weeks away during this busy time of year.
For the past few years, I’ve kept my list of genealogy resolutions a bit general and few in number. Here is the 2023 list:
1. Continue to give back to the genealogy community.
My Anquestors genealogy group that I restarted in 2002, after the pandemic pause, continues to thrive. The ladies are all advanced enough at this point that I have even created several projects for them, using record sets like tax lists and probate files.
I belong to the Sun City Vistoso Genealogical Society here in Oro Valley. The society decided to hold informal summer sessions for those in town and I not only attended, but volunteered to teach a one-off beginning genealogy class. There were a half dozen members who really wanted to get started, but the official society class wouldn’t be taught until January 2024. The participants appreciated the ability to “hit the ground running” and get started with their research, although I strongly recommended that they also sign up for the 6-week in-depth class in the winter.
As for rescuing old photos and postcards, I think I outdid myself this year. I found quite a few and, although I don’t do it with the expectation of hearing from the recipients, I was contacted by about a half dozen this year. All were very grateful that I took the time to save the mementos and track down the family descendants. It makes me very happy each time I mail off an item!
I still follow many blogs and, while I’ve left comments, I don’t think I attained one per week if I don’t included Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. I’ve posted comments almost 100% of the time to each weekly post by others.
2. Continue to expand the family trees.
One of my writing goals for 2023 was to write family sketches more from the females’ points of view, which I did and completed the series which extended back to include my 3X great grandmothers.
Thanks to professional journals like the NEHGS Register and The American Genealogist publishing new research that included several of my ancestral lines, I’ve extended a few branches of the family tree back to the Middle Ages and have newly proven English origins for several families. More on those numbers early next year when I update my Ancestor Count.
3. Continue my genealogy education.
I attended RootsTech 2023 virtually and enjoyed a number of the online sessions.
I also subscribe to Legacy Family Tree Webinars and have watched a number of single presentations, as well as attending the September month-long extravaganza.
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.
4. Clean up my source citations in RootsMagic.
I decided last year that, with the learning curve in RM8/RM9 and my previous reluctance to take on this project, that I would be better able to stick with this clean up using RootsMagic 7.
How far have I gotten? Not as far along as I’d like. At this point, I’ve finished through my 3X great grandparents. That is an accomplishment, given that I have way more documentation, Images, records, etc. for more recent ancestors. As I move back in time, there might be only a single source or article for an individual family.
This will be a goal that spills over into 2024! I’m hoping that next year, I will finally get this off my genealogical plate!
That’s it for my goals. I have attained or exceeded each of them with the exception of the software clean up. I’ve definitely made progress, but I really need to move the software project to the top of my 2024 list and not jump down any lengthy rabbit holes with new research!
How have you done with your own genealogy goals?