Saturday, July 8, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Status of Your 2023 Genealogy Goals

  Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  Marcia Philbrick wrote Goal Update this week on her Heartland Genealogy blog.  Linda Stufflebean suggested this would be a good topic for SNGF.

2)  What were your 2023 genealogy goals?  How are you doing in achieving them?  [If you didn't do goals this year, what goals would you like to achieve by the end of 2023?]

3)  Write your own blog post, or leave a comment on this post, or write something on Facebook.

Here's mine:

*  Keep writing the 52 Ancestors genealogical sketches.  I have done this every week (?) but have not added some sketches to FamilySearch Family Tree profiles.   Grade = A-

*  Keep transcribing documents for the "Amanuensis Monday" posts.  I have done this every week (?) but have not added all of the transcriptions to the profiles in my RootsMagic family tree.  Grade = A-

*  Continue to collect records for descendants of my 4th great-grandparents.  This has slowed down quite a bit - I've been distracted by the need to get the family papers and photographs in order.  I wrote five 6-generation descendant reports in January but none since due to incompleteness of my family tree.  Grade = C

*  Continue to use record hints, matches, etc. to document events, with source citations, in profiles in my RootsMagic family tree.  This has slowed down considerably due to lack of time.  I still do some of it every week, but the baseball season really cuts into my research time.  Grade = C-

*  Gather family photos into one file folder and standardize photo file names.  I'm doing this almost daily, but I keep finding more photos to gather, scan, file and name.  The Reimagine mobile app has helped with the task but I have so many to work with.  I am putting all photos in the "My Pictures" file folder on my computer, but I have many duplicates in other file folders.  Grade = B.

*  Complete one year's worth of my family stories using StoryWorth.  I started fast but have slowed down.  I do have about 30 stories now but am doing a new one only once or twice a month.  Grade = B.

*  Continue chasing DNA matches to find common ancestors.  I check my AncestryDNA and MyHeritageDNA matches every week, but the 23andMe and FTDNA matches once a month.  Finding the common ancestors of new matches has slowed down considerably.  Grade = B.

I think my overall grade is probably a B-.  

New goals for the rest of the year include:

*  Go through all of my bookcases, file cabinets, boxes, and floor papers to find albums and photographs and scan them, name them, and file them.  I'm in this process now because I feel mortal. and the house is full of stuff.

*  Convert typed text to digital text for the transcribed audiotape memories of my father's siblings and our yearly Christmas letters, plus anything else that needs to be put into digital form.

*  Create PDF documents for my 52 Ancestors genealogical sketches and save them to Google Drive, iDrive and FOREVER.  


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ByAPearl said...

I earned a genealogy gentlefolk C on my mid-term goals:

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I would not get an A for my progress.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's mine. Overall, I think about a B.