So here we are at the end of the first quarter of the year ... boy does time fly! So back in January I did a post on Genealogy Goals. Overall, I think that I did pretty well (some areas had more progress than others) and I am very glad that I created goals for the first quarter rather than for the entire year.
Since these were my first set of "published" genealogy goals, I have learned about about how long some projects take, what projects are more important to me, as well as how other commitments (not genealogy related) impact how much time I have to reach these goals. The rough winter here in the Northeast had a bigger impact than I anticipated, plus a big volunteer commitment which just ended was a big priority in February and March. Not excuses, but things to consider when creating future goals.
Most importantly I have learned a few things by writing these out and really paying attention to what I would like to accomplish (as well as balance ... between areas of goals, as well as between "genealogy life" and "family life"). Below is an update, plus what my goals are in each area for the next quarter.
- Continue working on the NGS Home Study Course, with a goal of submitting assignments for four more lessons. I managed to complete two and half assignments. Many of the assignments require a visit to a repository (or cemetery) which was not easy during January and February with all of the snow days.
- Attend more local events by genealogy/historical societies (I already have an event at a local library on my calendar for January 28th). I did attend the Mommouth County Genealogy Society meeting in March and saw a great presentation by Tammy Hepps, founder of Treelines. Again, snow caused a few cancellations this winter.
- Attend more webinars (I just registered for the Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp on January 25th!). This webinar was great and was a good kick-in-the-pants for the new year! I also watched many of the streamed sessions from RoosTech.
- Fix/check source citations in Family Tree Maker through my great-grandparents in my Cubbage line, and for all recently added records in my hubby's Draper line. This one might be tough, but I am hoping that repetition will help me improve this skill. Well, I didn't do a thing for the sources of the Cubbage line! I did manage to be pretty diligent about creating accurate source citations for new additions to my FTM trees, especially the Draper line.
- Follow-up on my father's DNA test (did he send it in yet??) and order one for my mother and mother-in-law. He just mailed it today - yay! And he also had my mom take one and sent that in as well. Now I need to ask my mother-in-law when I see her (I do have the kit ready).
- Make another trip to the local Family History Center to finish going through the films that I ordered for the my hubby's Babai family. Done! This was a successful trip and just today I finished attaching all of the records (with correct source citations) into FTM!
- Finish the biography that I started for my grandfather, including finding and adding images, checking sources and having darling hubby proof/edit (he's a copywriter!). I put the finishing touches on this in January and my husband surprised me with a first draft of the printed up the biography! The layout and design are beautiful (see picture above)!
- Continue blogging, with a goal of four posts per month. I managed to complete four posts in January and February, but nothing in March. I did spend some time in March thinking about what I really want my blog to be and how much time I want to spend on it.
- Write a short genealogy/family history of my Cubbage, Linneman and Speck families who lived in Monessen, PA for the Greater Monessen Historical Society. Nothing ... didn't even think about this one!
- Register and download the program to begin indexing for FamilySearch. I did download the program and indexed a few sets of records, but not a ton.
- Start the process of file and document organization, beginning with the Draper line (the Cubbage files are in pretty good shape). This is one goal that was helped by the many, many snow days! I was able to really take apart the Draper files, go through the files that my father-in-law put together 20+ years ago, and get them better organized. I still have a few little things to get filed (it's always that last stack of stuff that gets left), but it's mostly done.
- Get back into the backup habit! I was completing this task monthly and fell out of the routine. This is back into my monthly routine ... I just need to keep it up!
- Continue working on the NGS Home Study Course, with a goal of submitting assignments for Lessons 6 and 7.
- I am very excited to attend NGS for the first time in May!
- Continue to attend local events by genealogy/historical societies.
- Much of my research this quarter will be in preparation for a visit to the Library of Virginia while I am in Richmond for NGS.
- Order Virginia records from FamilySearch in preparation for the research trip.
- Continue with proper source citations of all new records.
- Finalize changes to my grandfather's biography so that it can be printed.
- Continue blogging ... maybe just a few posts a month. More importantly, give some serious thought to what I want to accomplish with my blog and how much time I want to devote to it. I started it a few years ago as a way to share stories of my Cubbage ancestors with family (and then maybe use them in a family history). Also, for the first part of this year, I have been spending most of my time researching my husband's Draper line, so it doesn't fit in with the Cubbage site. I'll report back on this later ...
- Continue efforts with indexing for FamilySearch.
- Finish those last piles of papers for the organization goal from the first quarter.
- Monthly back-ups of all files!
Now it's time to get back to work!