Resolutions Kept, Resolutions Made

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” -T.S. Elliot

That’s incredibly poetic and ideal.

Let’s get real.

“May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!” – Aleister Crowley

Yeah, that’s more like it.

My first blog post of last year, a now infamous year we will never mention again by name, had a reasonable list of things I hoped to accomplish. Even with all of the craziness of the year in our personal lives, the early arrival of our son, a move, etc., I am astonished to say that I accomplished almost all of them, though some happened at the very end of the year and not with any effort on my part.

Here’s a recap with an update.

  1. Establish a work area for my research and blogging. At the beginning of that year, I had plans to carve out a corner in our bedroom and make a Pinterest worthy desk, perhaps made out of inexpensive filing cabinets and hollow core door from Home Depot. With Baby #2 on the way, and pregnancy complications that arose not long after the beginning of the year, this goal took a back seat for awhile. We brought our son home earlier than expected and then, during my maternity leave, decided to put our house on the market to purchase my wonderful in-laws house as they had decided to downsize. It had been something we discussed hypothetically before, but finally the opportunity was right for everyone. That meant we had to get our house in order in a pretty short time frame. With a 3 year old and an infant I wondered if we had lost our minds, but it all worked out fine in the end. I am happy to say that the new house fulfilled my work area and then some!I have a built in desk under a window overlooking our great oak tree and Japanese maple, in a room we are using as a guest bedroom. I have been able to hang many of my old family photos and some other prints I have collected over the years. It also has a walk in closet that I can fill with all sorts of books, files, in an organized fashion and still have room for guests clothes. I love multi-purposing!
  2.  Attend as many genealogical classes as possible. If I was giving grades on this one, I would probably give myself a D. Hmmm… I was able to attend a local class on Genetic Genealogy, hosted by the Oklahoma Genealogical Society & taught by Rick Fogarty. Incredibly informative and just the beginning to additional classes I hope to take on the subject. I attended a few OGS monthly meetings, including the really interesting one moderated by Erin Taylor, PhD, that I blogged about. Due to the timing of my complications I really didn’t go to as many as I would have liked.  But, I did say “as possible!”  Given that I had a high risk pregnancy, premature infant and a move in less than six months, I will call that a win!
  3. Invest in a genealogical database. So, I must confess that I checked this one off my list ONLY because my Dearootsmagicr Sweet Daddy bought RootsMagic for me as a Christmas gift. It was before the end of the year, so it counts!  Now, I haven’t actually downloaded it to our big computer yet as it sits in the husband’s office. My computer is a MacBook Air, and just couldn’t handle it. So, maybe a new computer should be on my list for 2017?  Hmmm…
  4. Attend a blogging conference. I am delighted to say I accomplished this one early in the year, before I started to have issues with my health. I attended the Oklahoma Women Bloggers Conference. It was just the perfect mini-conference to get my feet wet and learn from some incredible ladies. I haven’t had much time of late to concentrate on blogging, but I still find a lot of inspiration from the women I met and enjoy reading their diverse work. I know they will be a great resource for me as I get back to blogging in 2017.
  5. Get through my Garrison (Garison) brick wall. 
    Plat Map, South Carolina, 1842
    While I was not able to find a will or probate record mentioning that Josina was the son of Arthur, I did find two new documents (to me) that should help my case in proving my supplemental application to DAR.  I am hopeful that a plat map I found showing that they owned adjacent land, in addition to some of the other documents I plan to blog about, will be a strong case analysis for approval.
  6. Delve into my husbands side. Again, I got this accomplished but under the wire, and at the prompting of questions by husband’s fabulous aunt who is as curious about this stuff as I am. While we didn’t go back very far, we did uncover some interesting things about a great grandfather who appears to have been placed in a St. Louis, Missouri orphanage after the early death of his parents. This story needs more attention and research, so hopefully I can share it with you in 2017.
  7. Be consistent with my blogging. I didn’t get to post as often as I would have liked, but I feel like I did alright all things considered. Last year was highly emotional and stressful for both our family and for our country. As an empath type, things can often really wear me down, and they certainly did last year. However, I am incredibly grateful for the enormous blessings of a healthy son, a new home and a list of resolutions I didn’t even realize I had completed until this week!


Now, what genealogy resolutions should I make for 2017?

  1. Submit my DAR Supplement on Arthur Garrison!!! So, have I mentioned I have been working on this for almost four years???
  2. Submit my Huguenot Society application on my Garison line. Was just waiting to find the same info I needed for my DAR supplement application as I also needed it for this.
  3. Submit a DAR Supplement on John Hall– You’ll have to wait for the story on him!
  4. Find a DAR Patriot on my mother’s side to begin working on. I have a few in mind, but haven’t looked to see what documentation is available.
  5. Attend as many genealogical conferences/classes/meetings as possible! Yes, this will make a repeat appearance on this year’s list as it helps me to keep learning and meeting other great genealogists.
  6. Apply for scholarships to the BIG genealogical conferences and write at least one piece for submission to a genealogical publications. I am going to have to channel my grad school days and remember how to do citations! EEEK.
  7. Evolve the blog. Expand my writing and creativity. While this spot will always be focused on my research, I don’t want to box myself in. There’s a lot going on in this country that I may feel compelled to write about. There’s a lot going on in my crazy working mom life that I may need to write about. So, I will.
  8. Be involved with the genealogy community. I have been very lucky to have met some great genealogists, both professional leaders in this community and enthusiasts like myself. I have enjoyed serving on the NextGen Genealogy Network Leadership team, which I will continue, and I have also loved getting to know others around the world in the Genealogy #genchat tweet ups.
  9. Help others with their genealogy. Whether is is contributing information I find to a shared public resource, or helping those just starting out. If you want to start your journey, please contact me!

Happy New Year! May 2017 be a healthy and prosperous year for us all.

Copyright © 2015-2017 Beth Wylie and Life in the Past Lane. All rights reserved.





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  1. Sounds like a great plan for the year. I made resolutions and goals for the year and am staying on track more out of necessity than desire.

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