It’s that time of year again! The 101st edition of the Carnival of Genealogy asks us to make our genealogy research and writing plans for 2011. But before I can look ahead, it’s time to take a peek in the rear-view mirror for a moment because one year ago today in the 87th COG I listed my genea-resolutions for this year. How did I do? Well, I said I would:
- Go to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City – DONE! I attended the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in April, 2010. While I was there, I was able to complete a lot of research in the library and I had a great time meeting my genealogy and blogging friends.
- Go back one more generation – FAILED, but not for a lack of trying. My main goal was to find the birth record of my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Miller Pater. I tried, and my hired researcher tried, but it hasn’t been accomplished – yet. I chose two other lines to “go back” on but didn’t quite get to those either. It’s too bad I didn’t name my Zawodny and Ślesiński lines last year, because I did go back one more on each.
- Keep writing – FAILED MISERABLY with too few posts here and almost no magazine articles (only one published this year, and one that’s been “on hold” by the magazine for about eight months).
- Find photographs – FAILED. I can’t believe I can meet so many second cousins virtually and in person and not see a single photograph of any of my grandparents or great-grandparents. Maybe next year…
That was then, this is now. The best thing about celebrating the New Year is starting over, and you need a plan to get started. I tried listing just a few things last year and didn’t quite accomplish them. But I’m pretty optimistic this week after a not-so-great-year, and I’m ready for new challenges. So why not come up with eleven goals for 2011? (Note To Self when I read this next year: don’t wait until the last minute to write your “goals for next year” post, and do it before drinking some wine.)
Here is what I hope to accomplish with my genealogy in 2011 (in no particular order of importance):
- Attend the 2011 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.
- Obtain a public speaking “gig” on a genealogical topic.
- FIND the Polish birth record of Elizabeth Miller Pater (Elżbieta Müller).
- Put my 2-year-old research plan into action to find the death dates of my 2nd great-grandparents in Bavaria.
- Post more frequently here (my goal from the blog’s beginning was always 3/week or 12/month).
- View the box of photos that my one cousin has in his possession (or get a restraining order put in against me while trying…LOL).
- Get back to writing for some genealogy magazines, even if it’s only a few articles.
- Either get back to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City or at least rent a few films from my local one.
- Find the marriage record for Stanisław Piątkowski & Apolonia Konopka.
- Get organized by starting my database over from scratch to include all source information.
- Re-visit Poland and explore some of my ancestral towns.
Perhaps my list is too much wishful thinking and not enough realism, but one can’t achieve anything without a plan in place. Can I do it? Only time will tell…tune in next year and find out!
[Submitted for the 101st Carnival of Genealogy: My Genealogy Research/Writing Plan for 2011]