Genealogy New Year’s resolutions are a good way to renew your family history spirit. Here are a few of my New Year’s Resolution I would like for you to consider when making your own commitments for the 2009 year in genealogy.
To clean out one stack of papers a week. I have several stacks on different family lines. I hope to go through each one, throw out duplicates, organize it better and put it in a dedicated folder for that surname, etc.
To work on my own lines at least one weekend a month. I help others in their genealogy endeavors and really enjoy doing this. But, sometimes I get so caught up in this I neglect my own personal genealogy. I need to devote more time for this.
To examine all my equipment I use to make sure it is cleaned and in good working order. This includes but not limited to my laptop, printer, and cell phone.
To review my warranties and/or expiration dates on equipments and magazines to see if any of them need to be renewed this year. Some warranties include and recommend a free yearly cleaning on equipment; it is great to take advantage of this.
To renew my goal to back up all my computer work. You just never know when your computer will crash, or as in my case, the charger just will not hold a charge….
To plan my 2009 year’s road trips I plan to make. This includes cemetery, court house and relative visits. What do I need to get to get ready for these excursions? Do I need someone to go with me? Is my car in working order for the drive? Do I need to buy airline tickets? Plan ahead…
To pre-register for genealogy conferences and take advantage of the early bird prices.
To start a list of every message, email or letter I send or receive for follow-ups that relate to genealogy.
To send “Thank You’s” to those who share their family histories with me. To back up the information they share with me with a valid source.
To review all my emails, letters and documents and delete the ones that are no longer needed.
To rededicate myself in Journal writing.
To enroll in a genealogy course; I personally hope to register for the National Genealogy Society’s course they offer.
To examine my “walking” shoes and eye glasses to make sure they are ready for the cemeteries and court houses.
To take time to read a genealogy related book or magazine to keep up with current news.
To keep up to date on all the newest genealogy sites such as Roots Television.
To volunteer more in genealogy related field such as DAR or assist in transcribing for a genealogy society.
To organize and label my pictures.