Saturday, December 31, 2011

Genealogy Resolutions for 2012

1.  Organize My Online Life
I have a miniscule presence online.  I have a website, blog, online family tree, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr. There may be others I have forgotten ;)  I need to streamline and coordinate these into an organized structure.  Until I had time to spend creating and updating content, I have been reluctant to post these "out there".  I will get past my fears, digitize my life, and create a small online presence.

I have no grand illusions of publication, expertise, or other motives.  I feel I can communicate well and hope to use my online accounts to connect with distant cousins, and researchers and historians in places my family resided.

1a.  Improve My Blog
I anticipate using this blog as the focal point to my above-mentioned online presence.  I will find time to write and publish posts on a regular basis, starting with once a week.  I will spend time tweaking my blog...and leave it alone.

2. Organize My Offline Life
I will keep up with my paper filing.  I will create a better physical workspace, as our current setup of computers and folding tables can hinder smooth research. I will stop using genealogy as my reward for finishing offline chores.  I would never have time for research!  I can afford at least couple hours each week to myself.

3.  Continue Digital Projects
Since Santa was nice enough to bring me a new laptop that doesn't take 10 minutes to fully boot, I will take time to transfer and re-organize my genealogy data from my old laptop onto this one.  I will begin in earnest to connect and organize my digital photos and records to my Legacy Family Tree master file.

4.  Help Others
I spent time over the past two years photographing three area cemeteries and helping to update and upload photos to FindAGrave.  I will digitize the 2,000+ photos to donate to the local history department at my public library.  I would like resume to transcribing records for Family Search.

5. Help Myself
I will work on my own brick walls in 2012, either by continued online research or by learning more about the geographic or historic facts of the areas in which these ancestors lived.

Major Brick Walls:

Find Asa SPENCER's parents
          (Asa c1783-1859, lived Shaftsbury, Bennington, Vermont)
Find Irish origins of my McBRIDE line
          (emigrated to County Durham, England then to Illinois)
Find Irish origins of my KERR line
          (emigrated to Kilbirnie, Ayr, Scotland then to Illinois)
Find Carolina EBINGER's parents
          (Carrie born 1849 in Tafern, Backnang, Wuerttemburg, Germany)

I think that's a good start!

Happy New Year and Happy Researching!