Friday, December 30, 2011
My Genealogy Goals for 2012
I've always used the excuse that living in New England hampered my attempts to research my own families that come mostly from Pennsylvania and New York. As a location focused researcher, not being able to get to those places easily discouraged me. No more. I'm starting 2012 with a new attitude. I will start researching some early New England lines that I do have and have ignored. I will also focus take the plunge and focus more intently on my New York lines.
GOALS FOR 2012
1. Get Organized
I watched Mary Hill's webinar on setting up a system for our genealogy research. I really need to implement this. Several years back I inherited all the family history records from my mother who was a life long genealogist but now is in the final stages of Alzheimer's. It's time to take all that paperwork and clippings and get it organized. This is going to be my greatest challenge of the year.
2. Digitize Photos
My Dad, my brother and I have done a great job of scanning old photos but we haven't been very organized about it. Unfortunately, since we sometimes scan separately, it's hard to tell if we've got everything done. This year I'd like to focus on finishing the job and pulling together all the photos so that they can be distributed by CD. And now that I have a Flip Pal I'd like to scan all of my Dad's personal photos that he won't let out of his sight.
3. Digitize Document and Clippings
I'm not sure how far I well get with this but I will continue making progress on digitizing documents and clippings. My mother saved everything so there is quite a lot to scan. I will attempt to digitize this material as I am organizing in goal #1.
4. Brick Walls
I will work to bring down two major New York Family Brick Walls. I need prove/disprove that Orange Hill is the father of my great great grandmother Charlotte Hill of Pompey, Onondaga, New York. I also want to find further information, any information on my immigrant ancestor, William Edwards, who arrived from Wales before the Revolution, married a Palatine girl from Germantown, New York and then settled in Montgomery County, New York in the Glen/Charlestown area. I vow to write and document as I go.
5. New England Research
I will plunge happily into New England research using my own family lines. I have largely ignored these lines because I felt they were mostly done by other researchers. I will start by focusing on the Sisson family, particularly because of their tie to my much loved places on the southern coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I will also make an attempt to do some thorough and original research on my Manchester and Gurney lines.
6. Gravestone Photos
I will attempt to find/take and organize photographs of the gravestones of all my ancestors starting with the present and working backwards. I've never done an inventory to see how many I have nor have I actively attempted to link them a genealogy software problem. I will create an inventory, link the photos and work on getting photos that I am missing.
7. Genealogy Software
After my genealogy software upheaval in 2011, I am looking forward to starting fresh. I will work toward re-entering my family history from scratch in Legacy Family Tree using proper citations. I will have to learn how to use the software effectively. I will also learn how to use The Next Generation (TNG) so that I can control the design and output of my online family history presence and streamline adding new material. I think the biggest challenge in both these cases is going to be the learning curve of using new software. But I think the effort will be worth it.
I have set some lofty goals for 2012! I will blog as I try to accomplish these goals. Being accountable will hopefully keep me on track. And I will look toward turning my family research into some publishable articles.
Wish me luck! What do your 2012 genealogy goals look like?
Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis at 9:03 AM