Resolutions for the New Year

I am not generally one for making resolutions.  If anything, I just hope to do a little better than the year before. But I never really set a high bar because I believe you can change the course of your life at any time during the year if you so choose.

Having said that, I have seen a number of my fellow genie friends and bloggers post resolutions or goals for the new year.  Since blogging and serious genealogical research are still pretty new to me, I thought it would probably be better to set some goals for the year just to keep me focused.  Working full time and having a family (with and addition on the way I might add), makes it easy to forget things- A LOT of things!  But if I write them here, and share them with you, then there’s a bit more accountability involved!

So, here goes everything!

  1. Establish a real work area for my research and blogging.  Right now, my records and books are strewn about the house.  Mostly, it’s in a big pile in the corner of my dining room taking up a dining chair.  It looks like it will tumble over any day!  I use a laptop to write and research, so it just moves with me as needed, which will still probably happen some.  But, I would really love to establish even just a corner where I can set up a paper filing system and be able to leave working documents out without fear of a precocious three year old, dog or cat getting to them!  Home office blue
  2. Attend as many local genealogical classes as possible.  As a member of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society (OGS), I am SO excited about several upcoming classes they are offering in addition to their usual monthly meeting.  As I can’t attend any big conferences such as Roots Tech this year due to work demands and saving up leave time for Baby Wylie #2 to arrive, and I am having to postpone taking the certification course I wanted knowing I will be very preoccupied when the baby arrives, I am thankful that OGS is offering some great classes.
  3. Invest in a genealogical database.  I am really embarrassed to admit that I do not yet have a database.  I have primarily used my Ancestry account, but I have now amassed a number of documents and photos I need to scan and upload into a program, as well as keeping a hard copy file, I can’t put this off any longer.  I had toyed around with Family Tree Maker, but as Ancestry has announced they will no longer be selling it or supporting it after next year, I will most likely purchase Roots Magic.  I have heard great things. Anyone want to give a plug to their favorite program?
  4. Attend a blogging conference. Even though I blog about genealogy, there is a whole world to learn about blogging in general, whatever the topic. I hope to attend the Oklahoma Women Bloggers Mini Conference in February to network and learn from other great women bloggers in the area. Oklahoma Women Bloggers
  5. Get through my Garrison brick wall.  This one is deeply personal.  I believe that Arthur Garrison, a DAR recognized Patriot, is the father of Josina Garrison, my 4th great grandfather.  All of the evidence I have collected from various places and people who have researched it before me says that he is.  Unfortunately, I have yet to find a primary source (will, probate, bible record, ANYTHING) that confirms this.  Church records were burned around 1900. I will be discussing more about my search to prove Josina Garrison’s paternity in upcoming posts, so stay tuned.

  6. Focus more on my maternal line. I have written a bit about my mother’s Igous and Holleys.  I need to look more into those lines but also the Roberts, Edwards, and Macks, just to name a few. As her side of the family didn’t seem to keep and pass down as much information as my father’s side, it has been harder to get started.
  7. Delve into my husband’s side.  I have a little thus far with the Wylie family mystery, but his Haggards, Hammers, Lanhams and Calmers are also waiting for me. I feel it is important for my daughter and soon to be new Baby Wylie to know both sides of their family history. Even if they don’t appreciate it until they are well into adult-hood!
  8. Be consistent with my blogging.  I haven’t quite found the rhythm. Is weekly too much for me? Monthly too little? With all of the other demands life brings, I want this to be a fun outlet and not just another thing I have to get done.deadline  I want to blog when I am inspired to blog, and not because of self-imposed pressure. So, whatever the frequency I decide, I hope to stick with it.


There you have it. I think it is a reasonable list that I can comfortably achieve, yet still has some wiggle room for interpreting how I define success for each.  What are your genealogy resolutions for the New Year?

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  1. Wow! If you have only saved things in Ancestry, you need to find a friend with Family Tree Maker who will allow you to sync your tree because you can no longer buy FTM. Any images that you attached directly into your Ancestry tree will otherwise have to be manually downloaded and saved one at a time. A GEDCOM will export your data from Ancestry, but no images. As for software, I am trying out RootsMagic 7, Legacy 8, Ancestral Quest 14 and Family Historian 6. Family Historian has one feature that I absolutely love. I can capture individual faces in my photos and tag them to names in my database. When I scroll over the photo, the name of the person appears in blue in the database. No other program does that and I have thousands of photos with multiple people in each. Each of these programs has a free trial version, but I think only Family Historian offers a trial of the regular program with all the bells and whistles.

    1. I haven’t uploaded anything into Ancestry that I’ve found on my own, but I have downloaded things and printed things and they are just sitting on my laptop or in a stack of papers! Unorganized!

    2. Family Historian sounds interesting. Thanks for that rec. That does sound like a neat feature. One of the OGS classes in taking will be covering the various databases so I may wait until that class to decide.

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