Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer Genealogy Goals

Since I won't be working during the summer and just focusing on genealogy, I thought that I would state my goals for the entire summer instead of just the month of June. Much of my summer to do lists involves things that will take lots of time anyway. I'll be spending lots of time at the Allen County Public Library doing research and learning how to become a better genealogist.

So here are some of my goals:
  • Order FHL films for wills and probate records of my Indiana ancestors. I plan to order the first one this week.
  • Order death certificates for my ancestors. I read somewhere (unfortunately I don't remember where) that vital records are in lots of danger from laws that keep them hidden. So I am going to attempt to get as many death records as I can this summer just in case laws change.
  • Work on new indexing project. After finishing my Vevay Newspaper Index, I have been looking for something else for Switzerland and Ohio county, Indiana researchers. I have decided to compile a list of all the census enumerators in these counties. It's a field that many people do not look at on the census form when they search for their ancestors and I hope I find some of my ancestors during this time.
  • Read my genealogy books.
  • Work on National Institute of Genealogical Studies course. I will be working on the Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2. I started it, but haven't really dived in yet. It is my last course in the intermediate course set.
  • Write at least 3 ancestor profiles. This is part of my 2010 resolutions.
  • Visit my ancestor's graves in the Cincinnati area.
  • Borrow more photos from my grandma's house to scan.
  • And the big finale for the summer will be attending the 2010 FGS conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.
I have some other genealogy goals for the summer that I am keeping secret. Plus I have to clean the house so my husband thinks that I am being productive and not lazy.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Wow! What a great idea! Setting goals is my biggest problem. Maybe it will help me from flitting from one genealogy project to another. I get so distracted on the internet, I forget to focus on who I first start searching for. And you are right about the vital records acess changes. I'm driving to Maine in a few days to mine the archives before they close the birth, marriage and death records.