Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Goals for 2013

Goals achieved in 2012 (from my Goals for 2012)
  • Organise a new family history folder arrangement on my computer hard drive. In 2012 I finished organising my genealogy files from a 'to sort' folder into a Genealogy folder arrangement on my hard drive (as described in January 2012 in my 21COFH Week 2 post).
  • Organise my Bookshelves on Google Books
  • Sort out all the items I have saved in my Ancestry Shoebox.
  • Learn to use all the features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.
  • Buy an Android Smartphone and use it for genealogy research.
1. Organsation

Organisation goals in progress in 2012 and ongoing in 2013

  • Organise, tag and label the photographs on my computer (digital photos as well as scanned photos and documents). I am progressing with this goal. In 2013, I hope to continue adding tag keywords to the files metadata with relevant names, places, events etc.
  • Set up template spreadsheets to record all research and correspondence. I have  set up templates, but I have not yet started to implement them. 
  • Start my new Legacy file beginning with myself and working backwards methodically, recording all sources, attaching relevant source documents and attaching photographs. I started this new file during 2012 and I hope to continue with this goal in 2013.

Organisation goals 'to do' in 2013 (recycled from 2012)
  • Photograph/scan all the family history material I have storied in hardcopy in folders
  • Work out what to do with my collection of genealogy magazines, books and CDs
  • Sort out the 'family history box' - the general place I put family history related clippings from newspapers etc. 
2. Education 
Education goals in progress in 2012 and ongoing in 2013

3. Correspondence and Writing Goals (Recycled from 2012)
  • Try to reply to emails and message board posts in a more timely manner. This is a very important goal for me. I am quite behind in correspondence and I apologise to anyone whom I have not yet been able to send information to. I will try to get back to you very soon. 
  • Try to write on my blog at least once or twice a week. I hope to post many more Trove Tuesday posts in 2013. 
  • Make plans for my Fullerton family history book. Use Personal Historian 2 to help organise the story structure.
4. Research
Research goals in progress in 2012 and ongoing in 2013
  • Look into the possibility of using DNA in my O'Brien/Breen research. I progressed on this goal in 2012 and I hope to continue exploring genetic genealogy in 2013. 
  • Continue researching the various Hehir families who came to Australia and are likely related to my ancestor Susan Hehir. 
  • Newspaper research on Trove and at the library.
Research goals 'to do' in 2013 (recycled from 2012)
  • Do more offline research in libraries, archives and cemeteries.
  • Visit more of my ancestors grave sites
  • Visit relatives to scan photograph albums
  • Develop research plans and begin using my research logs.
5. Giving Back
Giving Back Goals in progress in 2012 and ongoing in 2013
Giving Back Goals 'to do' in 2013 (recycled from 2012)
  • Join the local family history group. 
My most important goal in 2013 is to keep focused and discipline myself to organise what I already have and contact the people I have neglected to contact. I need to organise and use the family history data I already have and not acquire more without definite plans or written research objectives - no matter how tempting it may be to go off on a tangent and search the web...not this year. 

I will be continuing with my Motivation Monday posts on the first Monday of each month this year to help me keep focused and motivated. 

Happy New Year everyone and I wish you all success with all your goals for genealogy research and your life outside of genealogy in 2013. God bless.
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  1. Good luck with all your goals in 2013 Aillin -all the organising, researching and documenting keeps us busy, not to mention blogging.

  2. If I didn't keep trying new ways of being organised, I'm sure I'd BE more organised! ;-) I wish you well, Aillin.

  3. I have pleasure in nominating you for The Wonderful Team Readership Award.. Thank you for encouraging others to learn and achieve more.
    You can read about it here…

    1. Thank you very much for this award, it is an honour thank you :)

  4. I'm hopeless at planning and totally dis-organised... :-( and my lovely daughter has given up in despair :-) So do admire your organisational skills, and so much more, and am most happy to pass on the "Blog of the Year 2012 Award" which Pauleen so kindly gifted to me. For more info Aillin, just go to: http://caiteile.com/2013/01/06/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ Wishing you, and yours, every happiness for 2013. Cheerio for now... Catherine.

    1. Thanks Catherine for this award, it is an honour thanks :)

    2. No worries Aillin... am looking forward to reading the Blogs you nominate. Cheers.


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