Monday, 2 January 2012

Goals for 2012


I have a number of goals for 2012 that can be put under a few headings:

Writing

To continue with my blogs, hopefully with more frequent posts. 

One way I plan to achieve this is to be part of Amy Coffin’s of the We Tree Blog , new series of weekly blogging prompts for 2012:   52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy  which is a brilliant theme. 

I will probably be a few weeks behind in it but will be interesting to see how I go.

To share information about the books I read as part of the   Australian National Year of Reading Geniaus has come up with some great ideas about how genealogists can become involved on her blog The great thing is we will all get to hear about new history and genealogy books whether in paper or electronic formats.
 
To contribute to the History & Genealogy: Australia & New Zealand 2012

To continue my publishing with Unlock the Past and Inside History


Speaking
To continue my speaking engagements (I have five presentations booked for this year so far) and to continue to improve as a speaker. To further expand my portfolio of talks available.

I love doing family history talks also medical and social history talks. There is so much about how our ancestors lived that tells us about them. The social history gives them life and makes them so much more than names and dates.

Research
I want to do more of my own family research this year. Of course, if I was doing my own research for 23 hours a day, I’d still want to do more!

The plan is to go back and review, such things as checking that all the census information has been added especially the 1911 census. My father was born in England and emigrated to Australia in 1949, so I have quite a number of lines still there for the 1911 census. 

I also would like to review my sourcing in TMG. I have gone through three FH programs (PAF to various versions of FTM then to TMG V1 onwards) over the years and the transfers have not always been as smooth as would be desirable.

I also want to do more with my Quested One Name Study, which has not progressed as much as I would have liked recently.

Education
To continue with my genealogical education by completing more subjects in the English Certificate in Genealogical Studies with the National Institute of Genealogical Studies . 

To attend, or if unable to attend due to the time differences,  purchase more webinars for later viewing.

To attend the  13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry  in Adelaide in late March. I am already registered and my accommodation is booked. I’ll be busy there as there is already organised a Guild of One Name Studies meeting, a Genea-bloggers meeting and a Kiva: Genealogists for Families meeting as well as all the lectures that are available. And of course the Exhibitors Hall!

To continue learning through reading the amazing blogs and listening  to the podcasts that are available.

To look at the new lectures and tutorials available through Family Search.
To keep up-to-date with my genealogy magazine reading.

To learn more about ways of improving my speaking and writing skills.

Kiva : Genealogists for Families
To continue giving micro-loans in this worthwhile project and to reinvest the micro-loan repayments back in more micro-loans which helps to ensure and improve the future for those families.


Will I achieve all of these?  I aim to give it a good try. Come along for the ride and see how I go.