It's the end of the year. So it's time to review last year's resolutions. Here were my 2011 genealogy resolutions:
Research Goal: Collect more original records. Included in this
goal is ordering more microfilm from the Family History Library,
visiting the Indiana State Library and visiting Switzerland County,
Indiana. I also hope to visit Lycoming County, Pennsylvania again this
year in order to improve my writing goal.
I started ordered microfilm of probate records in Indiana and then got bored with them. So I'll have to come back to them at some point. I was able to visit the Indiana State Library, Switzerland County, and Lycoming County this past year. I found lots of records to help me find my ancestors and hope to visit more repositories in 2012.
Writing Goal: Write a book about my surname line, Eiswerth. I was
finally able to connect this family in Pennsylvania together and find
them in Germany. This year I hope to gather the German parish registers,
more tombstone photos, and other original records and publish them as a
coffee table book for my family.
The prelimary edition of the Eiswerth family book was published and shared with family in August. I have since added more German church records, agricultural records, and photos to the book. I am waiting for the 1940 census before I decide if I want to make hard copies or keep it alive as a PDF.
I also started a book on my grandfather's military service. I just need to add some history to it and it should be done soon. Of course it would have been done awhile ago if I could find some motivation to finish it.
Scanning Goal: Scan all of the slides in my grandma's house. I
knew that my grandpa had made a ton of slides, but I underestimated how
many were there until I actually looked at them in December. There are 3
shelves full of slide boxes. I took home just the first shelf of 14
boxes. I'd like to turn each box into a video slide show and put them on
I never want to see another slide again. I finished all the slides at my grandma's house and then did all the slides that my parents had. I then organized all my photos and hopefully I will be able to find them now.
Education Goal: Continue National Institute for Genealogical Studies courses. I should be finishing the intermediate courses soon and then it's time for the advanced courses.
I finished the intermediate courses and all but one advanced course.
Conference Goal: Although I want to go to every genealogy conference, I will definitely be attending the Indiana Genealogical Society conference in Indianapolis on April 16 and the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Springfield, Illinois in September. I have decided to skip the Ohio Genealogical Society conference
in Columbus, Ohio because I wasn't too excited about this year's
program lineup and I think a trip to the Indiana State Library is a
better use of my time and money.
I had so much fun at FGS again this year. I'm working on the husband so I can go to Birmingham for FGS 2012. I was also able to attend the IGS conference and the Kentucky Genealogical Society's seminar with Elizabeth Shown Mills.
Blog Goal: Write more about my ancestors and start blogging about
my husband's ancestors (more on that soon). I need to get into a better
routine about writing up my genealogy finds before I continue my
I started the Mr. Gen Wish List blog and scheduled a bunch of posts about his ancestors. So that side is taken care of for a while. I haven't found a good routine for writing about my ancestors yet but maybe that will change with my crazy organization goal for 2012.
So that's how I did on my 2011 genealogy resolutions. How did you do?