* 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.)
* 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.
* 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.
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.
* 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.]
* 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.]
* 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!
* Go through and enter every piece of information stored over the year in Research2011 folder for husband’s side. Source in RootsMagic database.
* Order more original records from LDS for direct lines.
* 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?
* Go through the three inboxes on my desk and see what is lurking there to be put away, entered into the database, etc. [Last try: November and December were not good genealogy months for me. I need to start 2012 with a clear desk!]
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [This has been a very useful goal for me in the past year. With this reminder, and the motivation to learn about the various sites that offer free webinars, I have successfully met this goal every time! In December, I watched the webinar offered by Relative Roots Introduction to Genetic Genealogy at Family Tree DNA. I was particularly interested because there is a project at Family Tree DNA for the small town some of my husband’s relatives came from (Jalowka). I also caught Lisa Alzo’s webinar over at Legacy Family Tree on tracing immigrant ancestors, and picked up some good tips. I have more difficulty finding my own immigrant ancestors, who all arrived by 1795, than finding my husband’s. Ironic.]
It seems clear that January 2012 needs to be a clean-up month. I hope by the end of the month to be able to report I have a clean desk and am able to see what my goals need to be for my husband’s family history. We’ll see!
* Continue to look for live relatives in the Scheier line. [No success in October. However, I did have a cause for a genealogy happy dance: I got registrations/certificates of marriage for two Scheier men, confirming that they were both sons of Zissel and in one case providing her maiden name and his birthplace with more than “Russia”. Her maiden name is not easy to decipher but I think I have it. ]
* Figure out what events in direct line are next to find sources for. Order more original records from LDS for direct lines. [See above for my increased motivation to do this.]
* I always forget to put this one on, but it is the most important! Back up the blog. I always put this on my calendar, and try very hard to back up on the first of the month. I’d put on backing up my genealogy database too, but I have that set up to back up in the cloud in two places. All the pictures have been another issue, until I broke down and bought a new computer with a *much* bigger hard drive. Now, a huge number of hours later the pictures are also backed up in the cloud – although only one place. Hm. Still needs tweaking.
* Label and add metadata to all the images I have scanned this Fall.
* Go through the three inboxes on my desk and see what is lurking there to be put away, entered into the database, etc.
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. November will be a challenging month to get this one accomplished since I am away for the first part of the month, and hosting a big family Thanksgiving at the end. I think I will probably watch/listen to one of the RootsMagic webinars that is available anytime, to give myself the most flexibility. [I listened to the Gena Philbert-Ortega webinar about finding your female relatives, sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society at the beginning of October. It was wonderful, and I learned a lot.]
* plan trip to Neversink, New York with my sister; get dates on calendar.
* switch gears to Dan’s family lines to get ready for the IAJGS conference in August.
* scan box of Salt pictures and album; put in protective sleeves; order box for the two albums?
* watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. July 2 I’m signed up to do the Jamboree Extension Series on NSDAR Resources for your Revolutionary War Ancestors. [I watched the Geoff Rasmussen’s webinar on adding a marriage record in June. The free webinars are lots of fun and I pick up lots of new information.].
* continue working on learning to use Photoshop Elements to label and fix my pictures. As my friend says, there is a steep learning curve for this program (I’m somewhat intimidated by it) but I’m determined. I really want to learn how to do some of the photo restoration for myself.