Listing my goals helps me to focus on the branches of the family that need attention. I have a tendency to wander off the path, through the trees and get tangled in the thickets. Goals are also good at the end of the year to evaluate what I have accomplished. I know, at a glance, if I can pat myself on my back. Below are my newest aspirations.
Carry overs from my 2012 list
1. Straighten up my genealogical library [once our daughter’s bedroom & now a guest room] so work can be done easily & efficiently without having to sort through piles of papers, journals, maps and photographs that need to be filed, scanned or recycled.
2. Broaden my knowledge of my mother’s father’s family: the Gardner family in Austria. This means learning how to search for Jewish records.
3. Review & Organize the materials I have collected about my mother’s family: Brady, Coyle, Cunningham, English & Mullane. Take a last look for holes that need to be filled & fill them.
4. Decide on the format for the book on my mother’s family. My outline needs finalizing. I need to look it over to be sure it flows in a logical and interesting manner.
5. Write my findings. I plan to publish a book on my mother’s family. I have put this off for too long. This is a firm goal for this year.
6. All along the way I will use my blog and my website to share my findings and my questions with my family.
New goals for 2013
1. Are you kidding? I hope to just finish last year’s goals!