The end of the year inspires people to make some New Year’s Resolutions. People who love genealogy can make some genealogy resolutions instead. What would you like to accomplish in the upcoming year? Take the time to write down some of your genealogy related goals. Doing so is the first step towards accomplishing them.
What should your new genealogy goals be? Now is a good time to get started on the project that you meant to work on but never got around to. Focus a little bit of the time you typically spend doing genealogy on that project. Here are a few ideas to get started with.
Go through the box of old family photos that you have been meaning to take a close look at. Sort them out based on year, branch of the family tree, or whatever other methods seem appropriate. Once you get that done, your new goal should be to identify as many of the people who are in the photos as possible.
Buy a scanner and begin the tedious, yet important, process of digitizing your genealogy research. What should you scan? Every document, photo, and vital record that you would be unable to replace if something were to happen to it. You may need to purchase an external hard drive to store the digitized copies of your genealogy stuff.
Get this project done and you won’t have to worry about a fire destroying all your documents! You will also have a much easier time sharing copies of important information with the other genealogists in your family.
This could be the year when you attend your first genealogy conference. RootsTech 2015 will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 12 – 14. It may very well be the biggest genealogy conference in the United States. Another option is to look for smaller genealogy conferences that take place closer to where you live.
Start a family history blog. You can get a WordPress.com blog for free. Your blog can be a collection of the family stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next. Use it to organize family reunions or to post photos from the most recent one. Try out some family recipes, take photos of each step, and post it all on your blog.
Join a local genealogy group. What if there aren’t any? See if you can find an online genealogy group that seems like a good fit for you. Doing so will put you in touch with people who share your interest in genealogy. You can teach each other new research techniques and help each other out.
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