2020: a Look Ahead

Happy New Year!  2020 is here, and I’d like to use this post to jot down a few of my genealogy plans for this year (although in general I tend to steer away from resolutions and rigid adherence to goals).   

First — yay! — I am going to SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy) for the first time.  It’s in January, and I will be taking a week of courses focusing on land records and deeds.  I’m psyched — and I hope also to spend some time at Family History Library, which I last visited in 1994.

The next item on my list for 2020 is participating in a National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) / Mastering Genealogical Proof (MGP) Study Group that will meet once monthly on Tuesday evenings, led by Cari Taplin, CG, of Genealogy Pants.  The Tuesday evening group is full, but there is still availability in one of the other slots.  Click here for more info.

I’m also considering attending Jill Morelli’s Certification Discussion Group.  I had signed up for it last year, but then got a new job, so cancelled. 

My research focus will continue to my Copple / Wright (and related) lines in southern Indiana, and western North Carolina.

Finally, I’m hoping to write at least 50 posts to this blog in the coming year, completing two “A through Z” series.

With all that said, here’s the itemization from the beginning of 2019, and what I did (or did not) do.  Life zig-zags, and you just keep up as best you can.

Here’s a look back at my genealogy goals for 2019, made when I had just completed the BU genealogy course, and was still between bill-paying jobs.

Education and DevelopmentCommentsWhat were my Results?
IGHR (Athens, GA)week of July 21, 2019Signed up, then had to withdraw.  Signed up for SLIG 2020
Texas Institute of Genealogical Research 2019week of June 9, 2019Skipped this entirely; too busy at my bill-paying job.
Legacy Tree webinarsfocus on BCG-sponsoredAm a subscriber to FamilyTreeWebinars; watch these regularly.
Community and Colleagues  
join Assn of Professional Genealogists Renewed, but not actively involved in chapters, etc.
renew Indiana Genealogical Society membership Renewed, but not actively involved in chapters, etc.
renew NGS membershipdone — 2 year renewalcurrent through Nov 2020
join Texas State Genealogical Society Joined, but not active
start attending DGS meetings and get more involved in DGSattend meetings regularly in 2019Am currently the E-Newsletter Editor, and am a life member, but don’t attend meetings regularly.
DNA SIG meetings Have attended DNA SIG meetings occasionally but I generally use Facebook groups and Blaine Bettinger’s DNA-Central as my “SIG”
Writing (high-level)  
Evaluate: what do I know and how do I know it?for key (aka “brick wall”) ancestorsin process
Formulate a research question and a research plan for each of the “brick wall” ancestors (above) in process
Write up GPS proof summaries (or narratives) for each research question I’ve asked (and think I’ve answered) re: my ancestors’ lives on hold
DNA   
Continue mapping my chromosomesmy favorite thing!ongoing
Copple (family line) project on hold
Ask other cousins if they will consider testing  
Long-Range  
submit my lineage to Sonoma County Genealogical Society for a certificate (if approved)by the end of 2019maybe next year — not a priority right now
submit an article to NGSQthis is at least a year away 
get my CG designation — or my AG designationthis is at least a year away 
apply to and complete Pro Gen study coursetypically a 6 month wait list, after you apply.  Offered 3 x a yearOn the waiting list since February 2.

Happy New Year to you and yours!  

 

2 thoughts on “2020: a Look Ahead

  1. I love your organization. I could learn from it. I’m planning to attend SLIG for the first time also … the legal concepts course, but there were so many good choices!

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    • Thanks, I wish I were more organized, lol. I am totally looking forward to SLIG. This is my first institute,as I haven’t tried GRIP or IGHR yet. Haven’t been to the FHL in years either so am hoping to take some time for that. 🙂

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