Genealogical New Year’s Resolutions

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By Whitney Ransom McGowan

It’s 2009, and if you are like many people throughout the world, January is a time to set some goals and aspirations for the new year.

I once heard the expression, “May your troubles last as long as your New Year’s Resolutions.” I hope you are able to make and reach the goals you set at the start of this year. A few ways I have found to keep my New Year’s Resolutions is to write them down; make small, measurable goals, and then share them with a friend or family member.

If you are a genealogist, here are a few resolutions you may want to put on your list for this year….

1. Start keeping a journal.
2. Interview a family member about his or her life.
3. Write names, dates, and places on the back of your photos.
4. Digitize your photos and share them online (also helps in case something happens to your hard copies).
5. Break down at least one brick wall.
6. Share your research with a family member or friend… or even with someone who is researching the same name.
7. Attend a genealogical conference. (Pre-register for the conference to take advantage of an early bird price.)
8. Join a genealogical society.
9. Convert your VHS tapes to DVD or CD.
10. Plan a road trip to visit a cemetery, court house, or relative.
11. Enroll in a genealogy course. Genealogy courses are available for beginners, experts, and everyone in between.
12. Become a certified genealogist.
13. Purchase a subscription to

Regardless of your goals, I hope you will set some, specifically in the genealogical area and make some progress. Happy New Year!

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