Genealogical Resolutions for the New Year

Happy New Year!

Looking back at my Genealogical New Year’s Resolutions over the past two years, I haven’t been very successful at achieving most of my goals. Perhaps my resolutions have been a bit too ambitious! Nonetheless, I am ready to set my goals for the coming year.

  1. Complete the coursework for a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies / University of Toronto. I only need to complete one more course, so I think this resolution is achievable this year. I hope to visit Toronto in May to attend my graduation!
  2. Complete the requirements to become a Certified Genealogist. I still have a long way to go in order to achieve this goal, but I have a fairly good head start on the submission requirements.
  3. Increase participation in the Danko Surname Study and the Niedziałkowski Surname Study. I will be attending the Family Tree DNA 5th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy for Project Administrators in March, and I plan to be a bit more proactive about recruiting participants in both studies during the coming year.
  4. Visit Poland. It’s been many years since I was last in Poland and I’d like to visit again this year to conduct research in the archives, visit the villages of my Niedziałkowski ancestors, and meet relatives. This objective will take a lot of planning, but I hope it will be fun and productive.
  5. Document sources in my genealogy database. I’ve been fairly responsible in documenting the information I’ve published on my blog, but I’ve somewhat neglected documenting sources in my genealogy database.

Whew! That’s enough for one year! I have to remember that these resolutions are in addition to the genealogical projects to which I’m already committed, including four engagements to speak at genealogy events, attendance at three genealogy conferences, two trips to Salt Lake City, and daily entries on this blog!

It looks like it’ll be another busy year!

Written for the 63rd Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy – New Year’s Resolutions.

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