It occurred to me after my “epiphany” back in November that my genealogy goals for 2013 were far too numerous and lacked focus. This year, I’m focusing on two of the goals that need to be completed in order to reach my ultimate goal (certification): (1) complete the NGS Home Study Course, and (2) begin the ProGen Study Group.
I have no idea when the next ProGen group will open up, so it will be in my best interest to complete the Home Study Course as quickly as possible.
This first goal is a pretty big chunk, so I am breaking it down into smaller bites (the only way to eat an elephant, right?). So welcome to my to-do list:
1. Complete and submit Lesson 7
This one is partially complete, but requires a “field trip” to a cemetery, so I need to schedule time to do that – preferably when it’s not 12 degrees outside.
2. Complete and submit Lesson 8
This one is also partially complete, but again, requires a “field trip” to the probate court. I’m a paralegal, for Pete’s sake. I should be able to find time to get to the courthouse.
3. Complete and submit Lesson 9
This one is about land records. Fortunately, I have already ordered and received the land records for my great great grandfather and his brother from NARA. That should save some time.
4. Complete and submit Lesson 10
Local land and tax records, three assignments. Fortunately, there are alternative ways of getting records to complete the assignments using Family History Library microfilm.
5. Complete and submit Lesson 11
This one is going to take some time. There’s drawing involved. On a map. And then a report. With citations.
6. Complete and submit Lesson 12
Passenger Lists … unfortunately, this one might take some time as well, since I have only located the entry point for one of my ancestors. Maybe working on this assignment will help me find others … we’ll see!
7. Complete and submit Lesson 13
Naturalization Records. Another one with which I might have to resort to records of people who are strangers to me. I have copies of a couple of the record types, but have never seen the others. This one will be a challenge.
8. Complete and submit Lesson 14
Military and Veterans Benefit Records. This one will be tough. I’ve requested service records from NARA on a few ancestors, but have consistently received the notice that the records had been destroyed in the fire. I may try another ancestor, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll just have to utilize the alternative option.
9. Complete and submit Lesson 15
Evidence Analysis and Kinship. I’m looking forward to this one, and dreading it at the same time. Fortunately, (thanks to DearMYRTLE’s various hangouts) I’m familiar with this topic which makes it a little less formidable … but only a little.
10. Complete and submit Lesson 16
Likely the scariest of all lessons. I have to write a biography of an ancestor, complete with a written analysis and thoughts on further research.
I am going to do my best to maintain my focus throughout this process, with the caveat that I cannot be held responsible if, during the course of my research for these lessons, I uncover some piece of information that is so amazing that I stray far, far away from my intended path. That never happens though, right?
Happy New Year to everyone – what are your genealogy goals for 2014?
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