Do you make resolutions? I decided to identify goals instead. My resolutions tend to be broken in the first month and then not looked at again–at least that’s my pattern. I work continuously on my “Goals” and if I don’t get it right the first time I keep working on them. Here are my Genealogy Goals for 2016.
- Have Fun! Lucky for me, I have fun practicing genealogy and observing every day improvements. Having fun to me includes sharing my passion, my knowledge and my experience with as many people as possible. This sharing will include more lecturing, more writing, more mentoring and more researching than in the past. I feel I am on track with this goal with retirement on 6 January. I know this goal isn’t as measurable as Amy Johnson Crow would like (Click here to go to her blog about setting genealogical goals.) but I can live with that.
- Submit my portfolio to the Board of Certification for Genealogists. Notice that the goal isn’t to “pass”–that would be a bonus! The “resolution” is, however, to submit it before the National Genealogical Society conference in May. There are a couple of things that could derail that schedule but Plan B is to submit the portfolio before the end of 2016.
- Become a well known regional expert in Swedish research. I am working at this very hard. I would eventually like to extend the definition of “regional” to national, but for now, I will be happy with a strong reputation in the WA, OR and even BC area. Present status: some genealogists in the Seattle area view me as knowledgeable. 🙂
- Attend one or more of the major institutes in 2017: SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy), GRIPP (Genealogy Research in /Pittsburgh) and/or Gen-Fed, the newly resurrected NARA course (yea!!). SLIG and Gen-Fed are on my “cross-hairs.”
- get my website up and running
- change the look of my blog…it’s looking a little stodgy these days!
In 2014 I also identified goals for 2016 for a ProGen class assignment (has it been that long?) focusing on lecturing. Here are the items for 2016 as stated back in 2014. Since actions in 2016 are usually predicated on applications you make the previous year, I have placed comments concerning achievement on each:
- Speak at WSGS (Washington State Genealogical Society) and two other major seminars: WSGS has morphed into the NwGC, Northwest Genealogical Conference. I will be out of town for the conference this year. I will, however, be speaking at Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and two academic conferences here in Seattle. I think those count!
- Speak at Puget Sound chapters (2): I will well exceed this goal, probably by the end of January!
- Speak at NGS 2016: goal achieved. I will be presenting twice in Ft. Lauderdale. This is my first year speaking at NGS.
- Speak at SCGS Jamboree: goal achieved. I will be presenting twice in Burbank. This is my second year speaking at Jamboree.
- Apply to SCGS Jamboree 2017: I will do this as soon as the Call for Papers comes out. I can never assume I will be selected in the next year just because I spoke at the last one.
- Apply for NGS 2017, Raleigh, NC: The Call for Papers has just been announced. I will submit eight.
- Apply for FGS conference 2017: I will do this as soon as the Call for Papers is announced. I wasn’t selected for 2016.
- Submit one article to NGSQ: This will probably be my case study, which I will have submitted for my portfolio. (Note: I have just been informed that the editors wish to print my Gender Balance article if I can respond to the reviewers comments appropriately. Woo hoo!)
- Submit two articles to other genealogical publications: I am totally up for this once the portfolio is submitted.
The above 2016 goals (made in 2014) assumed I had submitted my portfolio and was certified, so I have had to modify some of the goals from the previous years. But we move on! Generally, I am about 1 year ahead of my ProGen goals, which is a good thing.
Thanks to each of you-my readers! It is great to know that some of what I write is of interest and I hope a bit of a help. I wish you each achievement in your genealogy goals for the new year.
What I have done since the last posting: I have been working on my Case Study. I will write about the process soon–lots of little discoveries. I also am getting ready for my first webinar for the Southern CA GS. You can register here: http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html. I was informed of the NGSQ article which I am thrilled about–but I admit, some of the comments are conflicting. I am mentally and physically getting ready to retire. It’s a little scary, but exciting too.