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52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: Promises, Promises

Oh, promises, promises, my kind of promises, can lead to joy and hope and love! ~burt bacharach

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy has had some great questions and tasks  and the last one for 2010 is no exception.

Think about the goals you want to accomplish next year and write them down. What research steps do you want to take? What records would you like to find? Think about the brick walls you’d like knocked down. What things haven’t you done yet and why not?

Goals for the New Year are just camouflaged resolutions.  Resolutions are just promises linked to plans linked to schedules linked to incentives linked to more promises. Normally this is an anxiety-producing exercise: so much to do and so little time to do it!!!!  If I can  only channel my inner Burt, this exercise might just be some fun.  So here it goes!

My list of 2011 promises for joy, hope and love of family history:

I promise to make three genealogical fieldtrips.  FIELDTRIP!!!  YAY!

  1. A road trip to Allegany County, New York, to explore Whitesville, Rushford and Alfred–towns in which my great-great grandparents Ira and Serena Sayles lived and taught.
  2. A visit to Washington, DC where I will lose myself in the National Archives and Library of Congress and the Smithsonian for more records on the Sayles.
  3. Another road trip to Boydton, Virginia, to locate the Dodson Cemetery and to access Mecklenburg County deeds, probate documents and wills for the Sayles and Dodsons.

I promise to attend the Writer’s Workshop in Jackson, Wyoming and visit my brother and his wife on the side. 🙂

I promise to pass my Ancestor Approved Award forward, creating a list of 10 things I have learned while being my family’s Teller and awarding the AAA to 10 more genealogy blogs that have great content.

I promise to roll in technology like my dogs roll in fresh grass, becoming proficient in PollDaddy, Snag It, WordPress, Footnote, and anything else that strikes me as being super cool and relevant to creating digital and print family stories.

I promise to make an editorial calendar for my blog!!!

I promise to keep annotating and cataloging the incredible mother lode of primary documents I am privileged to care for.

I promise to finish my Civil War Course, David Blight lectures downloaded from Open Yale Courses.

I promise to sketch out the stories of how the Sayles and the Dodsons, the Stricklands and the Minors were intertwined by the events of the Civil War and its aftermath.

That’s TEN great goals, two hands full of promises,  all of which I look forward to keeping!

By Kay Strickland

I am a keeper of my family's lore, chasing after my ancestors' tales in south central New York, southwestern Pennsylvania and Southside Virginia. The stories and photographs that I share on this blog are my intellectual property. While I do my very best to provide well researched posts, I do not pretend to have reached genealogical proof standards. Therefore, much of this work is to generate conversation among interested parties. If you would like to share my work or my records, please contact me: dkaysdays (at) gmail (dot) com.

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