|Postcard from 1908, via Wikimedia Commons|
2010 was my year to begin organizing and sharing my genealogical research. I made some progress - this blog, a good start on a family history web site which WILL be online in 2011, and another failed attempt to organize the generations of papers I've inherited. Those papers are threatening to take over the entire house so tackling them is top of the list for my 2011 genea-resolutions.
Organizing Research goals -
- Design archives storage/filing system and IMPLEMENT! The first step must be to corral all the papers into one room.
- Process at least one box per month of family papers. Remember, not everything must be kept. This will become my mantra.
- Finish designing and publish the genealogy website (R O O T S T O C K).
- Continue to update pedigree database with biographical sketches and blog post information. Review and standardize source listings. Do NOT attach any multimedia files.
Blog goals -
- One biographical sketch a month - starting with the grandparents.
- One brickwall post a month outlining the issue or research status, beginning with the Hamptons.
- Continue posting photographs and document transcriptions from the family "archives" (aka the boxes that ate my house).
- Blog reading and commenting - limit to 30 minutes each morning. You may finish in the evening. No peeking in between! Much as I love reading what everyone else is writing it has eaten into my day.
Research goals -
- Just say no! No more research until the website is up and running, until the streamlined pedigree database is complete, until the "archives" are organized.
- Except... there are the road trips! Do organize research plans for the Family History Expo in July (Kansas City), the FGS conference in September (Springfield, IL), the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International conference in October (St. Louis, MO - not really a road trip) and ...
- The spring tour of Maryland, Virginia and D. C. Plan research days at the Library of Virginia, The Mary Ball Washington Historical Society, the Maryland Historical Society and the National Archives. Research Catholic archives, especially in Baltimore, to see which might have additional records for Merediths, Palmers and Yerbys.
- Examine and digitize the Maria Palmer Smith papers. Develop storage plan for papers.
Whew! It's a lot to do, but there are some carrots in with the sticks - not the least of which is reclaiming our home.
Happy 2011 to Geneabloggers near and far!
Submitted to the 101st edition of the Carnival of Genealogy.