Did you make a New Year’s Resolution for 2021? Have you kept that resolution? What about genealogy goals for 2021? Did you make any?
Since retiring, I have been trying to make (and achieve) genealogy goals each year. Even though I’ve made progress with my genealogy, I don’t think I’ve been very successful in achieving those goals in past years. However, this year, I am making progress on those goals!
My first goal was to create (and post) a narrative report for each of my second great-grandparents. Since I had already posted reports for my Crawford and Hammond lines, my 2021 goal only included the following:
- Hiram M. Currey
- Angelina Jane Burke
- Albert Hutchinson
- Julia Harding
- Noah Briles
- Sarah Thompson
- James Ricketts
- Rachel Christy
- George Mentzer
- Emeline Minnick
- Thurston Kennedy Wells
- Salome Crandall
My second goal was to do descendancy research for my 3rd grandparents and post a report. To avoid posting about living individuals, I am limiting the report to 3 generations of descendants.
- Nelson Crawford / Martha Smith
- Zebulon Foster / Caroline Ostrander
- Horatio Hammond Louisa Fisk
- James Barr Ralston / Nancy McCormick
- Hiram Currey / Rachel Harris
- Henry Burke / Elizabeth Bland
- Aaron Hutchinson / Sarah Merry
- William Harding / Elizabeth Fowler
- Alexander Briles / Sarah Rush
- William Thompson / Polly Evans
- John Ricketts / Orilda Reed
- Samuel Christy / Lyda Gallmore
- Phillip Mentzer / Orinda Miles
- John Minnick / Elizabeth Jones
- Ozias Well / Mary Kennedy
- Lewis Crandall / Almira Nafus
Even though I already had all of these ancestors in my tree, working on these tasks allows me to do the following:
- Clean up sentences associated with each fact (My genealogy software uses these sentences to build the narrative reports.)
- Verify sources and update to my current templates
- Transcribe the deeds, obituaries and other records into my genealogy software
- Identify ‘holes’ in my research and try to find additional information to fill in those holes
- Review family connections to make sure I have sourcing to support those relationships.
A third goal for 2021 was to be more consistent with publishing blog posts. To help me stay on track with this goal, I try to do the following:
- Share family pictures in a ‘Throwback Thursday’ post
- Use the Amy Johnson Crow’s#52 ancestors prompts as a topic for a Saturday post
- Use Randy Seavers’ ‘Saturday Night Genealogy Fun‘ prompt as the topic for a Sunday post. (Prompts are posted on Saturday afternoons.)
- For the other four days of the week, I try to share transcribed records, narrative reports, descendancy reports and any interesting finds I have made while researching for my first two goals.
So, am I on track with these goals? Looking at my goal to publish the narrative reports, I feel that I will easily accomplish this goal in 2021. When it comes to researching the descendants, one would likely conclude that I am not on track. Since this descendancy research involves adding new people to my file and the documentation to support them, it is much more time consuming. Thus, I likely won’t accomplish this goal during 2021 – but I am satisfied with my progress.
In terms of my blog, I am happy to report that my research goals have made it easy to consistently post on my blog.
Thus, I am pleased with my progress on my 2021 genealogy goals. How about you? Are you satisfied with your progress on your 2021 genealogy goals?