It’s New Year’s Eve, and I am getting ready to turnnew year 2008-5the computer off and celebrate. Before I do, let us wish a happy and healthy (and genealogically-rich) new year to all from the Genealogy Gals.

What with the short time – it gets shorter and shorter every year – between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I haven’t accomplished many of my stated items in December. Instead I went off on two tangents, both involving the same weekend. Don’t they call that time management?

Judy and I met again in Hartford and spent a lovely Friday afternoon in the Connecticut State Library. Then on Saturday, I went on toward New York to visit with cousin Marion and cousin Jean. I took the opportunity to do a little recording of family stories and to try out my new Flip-Pal on some pictures. So that is my excuse explanation for not making progress this month.

Research
* Write to Christ Church in Cincinnati to see if there are records there of Lucy and Thomas O’Shaughnessy’s marriage.
* Write to Ditchling church about possible archives and records for Denman family.
* Set up Salts database and add what I’m learning about the Tennessee Salts.

Organization
* Still trying to get that last inbox cleared – somehow there is always something more urgent (read: interesting) to do. Determined to do this over the holiday season. [I actually made a start the end of November and may have a brief post about this process at some point. I learned (finally got it through my head!) some things about how to do this process.]
* Back up the blog! Plug-ins found to automate this task don’t meet my needs.

Education
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [I watched Judith Eccles Wight’s webinar on researching your Irish ancestors which both interesting and useful.]
* Still looking for more sources of webinars – preferably free.

Judy and I continue on our holiday hiatus, but I decided to create and post my monthly to-do list anyway. I’m hoping it will help me get *something* done this month on my genealogy. Happy holidays to all!!

Research
* Write to Christ Church in Cincinnati to see if there are records there of Lucy and Thomas O’Shaughnessy’s marriage.
* Write to Ditchling church about possible archives and records for Denman family.
* Set up Salts database and add what I’m learning about the Tennessee Salts.

Organization
* Still trying to get that last inbox cleared – somehow there is always something more urgent (read: interesting) to do. Determined to do this over the holiday season. [I actually made a start the end of November and may have a brief post about this process at some point. I learned (finally put together) some things about how to do this process.]
* Back up the blog! Plug-ins found to automate this task don’t meet my needs.

Education
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [I watched Mary Hill’s webinar on the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources which was very interesting. She did a case study to illustrate the uses of each kind of record and talked us through the analysis of the evidence.]
* Still looking for more sources of webinars – preferably free.

Research
* Search the Hamilton County Probate Court site for the marriage of Lucy Barry Dalton and Thomas O’Shaughnessy.
* Send a message to the general JewishGen listserv about my Scheier family questions.

Organization
* Still trying to get that last inbox cleared – somehow there is always something more urgent (read: interesting) to do.
* Back up the blog! And look for something that will back it up automatically. Is there a plug-in?

Education
* Read book I got from the library about how to create and use a wiki. I watched the Thomas MacEntee webinar but need more education. And sometimes having it in front of me in print is easier.
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [It’s so easy to do, and there are some sites where I can even watch on my own schedule.]
* Find a new webinar site that archives and/or puts up free webinars.

Research
* Source all O’Shaughnessy findings so I can look at what I know and be ready to share it with a new contact.
* Continue to search for and correspond with Scheier living relatives – send a message to the general JewishGen listserv about my questions.
* Develop research plan forms as presented by Marian Pierre-Louis in her webinar (this could be considered Organization but should further my goal of researching more effectively and efficiently) [I got nothing done on this task so am leaving it on for September. Maybe the Fall will be more conducive to this work.]

Organization
* Empty inbox on desk: sort, source, enter in appropriate database and put away. [I *finally* got the pile of papers on the desk finished. One inbox to go and my desk is pretty much cleared for the Fall!]

Education
* Continue learning how to use Clooz3; I watched the intro videos, and am following the listserv with interest. Working on putting what I have learned to use.
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [I got really carried away in August and did not only the 2 I had pre-registered for – one on using wikis and the other on using the Library of Congress online site and resources but a series of three on getting started with house history that Marian Pierre-Louis offered. And then I listened to Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, present about circumstantial evidence, over at my old stand-by Legacy Family Tree webinars. I learned so much in August!]

Disclaimer
I am not employed by or in any way affiliated with any of the companies or services I have mentioned in this posting. I mention specific names or products that I have used and liked.

I just wanted to note, to any who have noticed, that I managed to mess up our usual appearance when I upgraded the theme files we use a week or so ago.  Of course, I had not correctly backed up the parts I had customized!  So I am still in the process of fixing the problems.  In the meantime our blog doesn’t look quite as put together as it did, and you may catch it changing appearance as I try out something.  It will be back to usual soon.  Thank you for reading anyway and putting up with the construction woes.

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