Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Genealogy Resolutions and Responsibilities

I am not one for making resolutions in the New Year, probably because I don't keep them.  However, I am going to make some resolutions for 2009 that I am more likely to keep.  Spending two weeks in Virginia in December allowed me time to review some of my genealogy files on my laptop, along with doing research while there.  

Browsing some of my files, I realized the need for quality clean-up time.  Errors were not drastic, but they were there.  This is a resolution I can keep and will keep.  It will also provide a great review of family lineages and information, thus allowing me to see what information is needed.  

No, I'm not going to resolve to overcome all brick walls.  I know I won't be able to keep that one.  However, I am going to resolve to overcome one brick wall in 2009.  

There are stacks of genealogy periodicals all over my house.  I leave them in strategic places so a few minutes here and there, maybe I'll find time to read them.  Sometimes I find that time and sometimes I don't.  I resolve in 2009 to get caught up reading my periodicals.  This doesn't mean I'll read every article in each and every genealogy magazine, but I'll read those that I want to read.  

What am I responsible for in 2009?  I am responsible for leaving a genealogy legacy for my family.  I want it to be right and informative.  Therefore, I am going to show responsibility in my research and also in my documentation. 

As President of the local genealogy society in 2009, I am responsible for motivating other genealogists, providing interesting meetings and leading the society in new directions.  Members in turn are responsible for doing their part in society projects and the encouraging new members to join our group.  Together we will have a great 2009!  

Can I do all of this?  I hope that I can.  I will try.  Perhaps by December 2009 I will have accomplished more than I have resolved to do in January 2009.  

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