Research
* I sent for 5 remaining birth/death records still in the Scheier 2011 folder, from LDS, in May. I am waiting patiently (well, trying to be patient) for their arrival. One death record is potentially my Joseph Scheier, husband of Zissel and the father of the siblings I have written about.
* Plan research trip to southwestern Ohio with my sister. I think I will focus on cemeteries and maybe a couple of the towns my family lived in with the aim of providing some current pictures and local history for context.
* Continue to search through the 1940 census for family. I have found a number of families, but continue to look for my parents (who were college students but might have been on co-op when the census was taken.)

Organization
* In May I actually made it through the rest of the folders in my Research 2011 folder on my husband’s side and sourced information in my database and moved files to where they will reside more permanently. I also scanned all of the photos that were piled on my desk. Celebrate!! Now they only need to be put in protective sheets and it will be done.
* What I didn’t get done was the rest of the inbox, or the Snow and Minor information from the Connecticut State Library. So those are still on the list. If I keep putting them on, sooner or later I will get to them.
* Back up the blog. Putting this on my monthly to-do list reminds me, when I look at the post to see that it got published and this helps me remember to actually do the back up. Otherwise my memory doesn’t always work.

Education
* Learn more about finding living relatives and how to persuasively contact them.
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [In May I listened to an interview Lisa Louis Cooke did with Bruce Buzbee, head of RootsMagic and senior Magician and was inspired to upgrade my software. I also watched one of the free RootsMagic webinars specific to the latest version, about using the new research log feature. Ok, not strictly about genealogy but very useful and it will stand me in good stead as I research.] Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with RootsMagic except that I use the program and I really like it.

Research
* Send for any birth/marriage/death records still in the Scheier 2011 folder, from LDS.
* Write notes to two possible living Scheier relatives.
* Update family summary for Scheier family, to see what I now know and what I still need to learn about.

Organization
* This is the same item I’ve been *very* slowly chipping away at. Go through and enter every piece of information stored over the year in Research 2011 folder for husband’s side. Source in RootsMagic database. [In April I made it through about half of another folder. There is the rest of that folder and one more to go. I'm much better at gathering information than I am about organizing it and putting it away in its permanent home.]
* Go through the remaining piles from the middle inbox on my desk, and see what is lurking there to be put away, entered into the database, etc. Ditto the two boxes of treasures saved from the Great Attic Cleanout (my own attic). [Little additional progress has been made in April. I seem to be better at adding to the piles than at reducing them. Sigh.]
* Go through the Snow estate papers and compiled Minor genealogy found on the recent Connecticut State Library trip and integrate into datebase.
* Back up the blog. Putting this on my monthly to-do list reminds me, when I look at the post to see that it got published and this helps me remember to actually do the back up. Otherwise my memory doesn’t always work.

Education
* Learn more about finding living relatives and how to persuasively contact them.
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [In April I watched Megan Smolenyak present about finding living relatives and learned some new possibilities. I also participated in a two-week course via JewishGen that introduced their website and gave us some experience with some of the resources available there.]

Research
* This is the same item I’ve been *very* slowly chipping away at. Go through and enter every piece of information stored over the year in Research 2011 folder for husband’s side. Source in RootsMagic database. [Progress is still happening on this goal, but it isn't finished. I am *determined* to finish it. While I promised I would not to go looking for new information about any of these people as I go through the folders, I clearly didn't keep this promise - see the Nora post I put up last week. It is very difficult for me to look at information and not follow "just one little trail" or look for "just one piece of information".]

Organization
* Back up the blog. Putting this on my monthly to-do list reminds me, when I look at the post to see that it got published and this helps me remember to actually do the back up. Otherwise my memory doesn’t always work. [I am finding that having this reminder on my to-do list does make me follow through and back up - so it will stay as a semi-permanent item for now. I do hope that it will become enough of a habit that eventually I'll be able to take it off the list.]
* Go through the remaining piles from the middle inbox on my desk, and see what is lurking there to be put away, entered into the database, etc. Ditto the two boxes of treasures saved from the Great Attic Cleanout (my own attic). [Little additional progress has been made in March, and I added to the mess with those last 2 boxes. But I found my old elementary school days scrapbook!]

Education
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [I watched one about obituaries which taught me a couple of new tricks, and may inspire me to use newspaper obituaries more in my research.]

Ok, I have another, really good excuse. I have had two eye surgeries in February (cataracts) that left me struggling to re-focus my eyes and be able to see the computer screen again. In the process I discovered (or re-discovered) how much reading I do every day – from labels and newspapers to books and the computer screen.

Research
* Go through and enter every piece of information stored over the year in Research 2011 folder for husband’s side. Source in RootsMagic database. [Progress is happening on this goal, but it still isn't finished. I am *determined* to finish it. And I vow not to go looking for new information about any of these people as I source and file what I already have. That will be the hardest part of the task.]

Organization
* Back up the blog. I always put this on my calendar, and try very hard to remember to back up on the first of the month. While I have most of my computer files backing up to the cloud in one or more places, the blog isn’t part of that automatic system. I wonder if there is a way to automate backing it up? [This is still a good question and I will look into it.]
* Go through remaining piles from the middle inbox on my desk, and see what is lurking there to be put away, entered into the database, etc. [I did make some more progress on this one. The archival boxes arrived and I have stored the photo albums and the over-sized photographs, and created a list of the photos.]

Education
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [I watched another Marian Pierre-Louis webinar over the President's Day weekend: breaking down brick walls 101 (not the actual title). As usual I learned some new things, and was reminded of other, not-always-remembered techniques. This woman is a wonderful speaker and seems to really know her stuff!]

I am ending the month of February with much better vision already. This leads me to hope that I can be more productive in March and the Spring on these genealogy goals. Stay tuned!

Well, January was not so productive as I had anticipated. I was so optimistic at the beginning of the month, but somehow my follow-through didn’t.

Research
* Go through and enter every piece of information stored over the year in Research 2011 folder for husband’s side. Source in RootsMagic database.
* Figure out what original records are available from the LDS Library for direct lines.

Organization
* Back up the blog. I always put this on my calendar, and try very hard to remember to back up on the first of the month. While I have most of my computer files backing up to an online server, the blog isn’t part of that automatic system. I wonder if there is a way to automate backing it up? [This is still a good question and I will look into it.]
* Go through the last inbox and remaining pile from the middle inbox, and see what is lurking there to be put away, entered into the database, etc. [I did make a little progress on this one. And I ordered and received archival boxes to store the photo albums and over-size photographs in. I just need to get the albums and photos into their boxes and the boxes stacked on the shelving.]

Education
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [I watched Marian Pierre-Louis's webinar for Legacy on Discovering your Massachusetts Ancestors. She is a great speaker to listen to and she really knows her stuff.]

While it continues to be clear that I need to have some clean-up time, I haven’t accomplished it yet. I cannot yet report I have a clean desk and am able to see what my goals need to be for my husband’s family history. This does still seem like a reasonable goal, however, so I will work on chipping away at it.

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