Open Thread Thursday: What Are Your Genealogy Goals and Resolutions for 2012?

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Have you set any goals or resolutions in terms of your genealogy for 2012? Are there some bad research habits you want to break? Do you want to be more organized?

What about attending specific genealogy conferences or increasing your attendance at educational opportunities including webinars?  How about joining a genealogical society or volunteering your time, perhaps with an indexing project?

One way to start preparing your road map for your best genealogy year ever is to review what you’ve accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) in 2011.  Be honest and take an inventory of everything you did as well as what you wished you could have done.  Then you’ll have a jump start on your 2012 goals.

Let us know what your genealogy New Year’s resolutions are for 2012.  Post at your blog and we’ll display them on New Year’s Day in a roll-up widget right here at GeneaBloggers.

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.

What Did You Accomplish In 2011?

Personally, I am still tallying up what I got done in terms of genealogy during 2011.  I hope to have a full report later this week.  While everyone knows I tend to have a positive outlook (and the glass is always half-full), when it comes to my own accomplishments I tend to downplay them and not give myself enough credit.

I think the best way to start thinking about 2012 is to take an honest look at 2011.  Take inventory of what you did and what you wanted to do but didn’t.  Also look at what you might have started.  I’m sure that during my inventory I will also see areas where I need to change habits and behavior – this is all part of the process.

What Are Your Genealogy Goals for 2012?

Again, I’ve not yet plotted out my goals.  I think that 2011 has been a very good year for me but I know that 2012 will be even better.

I’ve decided that my keyword, my touchstone, my mantra for 2012 will be:

ABUNDANCE

I’m committed to leading a life of abundance in 2012 and this also means in terms of my genealogy research and my genealogy business.  What do I mean by abundance?  Again, stay tuned for my special New Year’s message later this week – I hope that it will not only inspire you and give you pause for thought, but also will help you construct your own goals and resolutions for 2012.

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This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Today is Thursday, December 29, 2011 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today is Tick Tock Day.

Daily Blogging Prompts

Thankful Thursday – Create a post that expresses gratitude for a person (past or present), resource, family history tool or anything connected to you or your and family history that has had a positive impact on your life. This prompt has been suggested by Carolyn Murphy of Family Tree Gal and has been in use by Mary Warren of Mary’s Musings for the past year.

 

Thrifty Thursday – do you have some neat ways of saving money when it comes to genealogy? Have you located a bargain on some research resource or office supply? Post about it during Thrifty Thursday! This series has been suggested by Judy Webster of Queensland Genealogy.

 
Thriller Thursday – Are there murders, bizarre accidents or other thrilling stories among your family history? Tell us about them through words and pictures during Thriller Thursday. This is an ongoing series by Anne Kruszka at Gene Notes.

 Those Places Thursday – do you often think back to places where you lived and worked at one time? What about those places where your ancestors spent time? Post about “those places” with photos and stories on Those Places Thursday. This has been an ongoing series by Cheryl Palmer of Heritage Happens.

 Treasure Chest Thursday – create a post with the main focus being a family treasure, an heirloom or even an every-day item important to your family. A special thanks to Leslie Ann Ballou of Lost Family Treasures for suggesting Treasure Chest Thursday as a daily blogging theme!

 To ensure that your blog post is included in the “roll-up” widgets above, include the name of the blogging theme in your post title. Examples: Black Sheep Sunday – Anita Bath; Tombstone Tuesday – Aleta Buffet.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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Today is Wednesday, December 28, 2011 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

Daily Blogging Prompts

Wedding Wednesday – a great way to display those old wedding photos or scan wedding invitations and announcements! Suggested by Carol of Reflections from the Fence and in use by several genealogy bloggers.

Wednesday’s Child – Post photos of gravestones of children. A sad topic indeed but posts can give life to the stories of these young souls. This has been an ongoing series by Amy at Gravestoned.

Wisdom Wednesday – an alternative to Wordless Wednesday for those who just can’t post without words! Create a post in which you share words of wisdom about any number of things including weddings, marriage, children, work, and so on.  A post  could include such things as favorite sayings of grannies, superstitions, that sort of thing.  Words of wisdom should have their origins in the past and have been passed on from generation to generation. Wisdom Wednesday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers suggested by Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman of On a Flesh and Bone Foundation: An Irish History.

Wordless Wednesday – a great way to share your old family photos! Create a post with the main focus being a photograph or image. Some posters also include attribute information as to the source of the image (date, location, owner, etc.). Wordless Wednesday is one of the longest running “memes” in the blogosphere and is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Workday Wednesday – a way to document your ancestors’ occupations (they weren’t all farmers), transcripts of SS-5s, photos and stories of ancestors at work, announcements of retirements, etc. This prompt has been suggested by Denise Spurlock of the Denise’s Life in the Past Lane and Reflecting on Genealogy blogs.

To ensure that your blog post is included in the “roll-up” widgets above, include the name of the blogging theme in your post title. Examples: Black Sheep Sunday – Juan Nightstand; Tombstone Tuesday – Bessie Mae Mucho.

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