Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – What Are Your Genealogy Goals for 2017?

 Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week’s mission was:

1) What goals do you have for your genealogy research, education and writing during 2017?  

2) Tell us about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a comment to this blog post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+ in response to this post.

Before setting my goals for 2017, I decided to review my goals from last year, in my post Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your 2016 Genealogy Education Plans:

In 2016, I plan to continue what I have been doing, and that is to review the information I have, and search online records for more information on my ancestors, and their descendants.   I hope to be able to get down to Melbourne in 2016, to search the records at the State Library of Victoria and Public Record Office Victoria that aren’t available online, such as inquests, probate records after 1926, and newspaper articles that aren’t available on Trove.

My plan to get to Melbourne was thwarted right at the beginning of the year, when my car broke down at the end of January.  Since it would cost more to fix than to replace, I am still trying to save enough money to buy another car. It’s a vicious cycle – without a car, I can’t get out and find work, and without the income from working I can’t afford to buy a car.   This is further complicated because I am the primary care giver for my daughter who has autism, and the fact that I live in a country town.

On the other hand, more and more records are becoming available online, which means that I can do quite a bit of research from home.

My goal for Research in 2017 is the same as the first part for 2016: I plan to continue what I have been doing, and that is to review the information I have, and search online records for more information on my ancestors, and their descendants

My goals for research and writing are connected.  I plan to continue writing my Trove Tuesday posts.  This means searching Trove for articles about the people in my tree.  I also plan to continue the Surname Saturday series.  Since I write about one surname at a time, I try to do research to try and take that ancestral line back a generation or more.  On Wednesdays, I plan to continue to share my latest research, that I haven’t already covered in the Trove Tuesday and Surname Saturday posts. I write posts each week about the new and updated collections at Ancestry, FindMyPast and FamilySearch.  If I come across a collection that might have information for someone in my tree, I then do some more research.

My education plans for 2017 are to continue to follow blogs, and to watch Legacy webinars that I find to be of interest.  Since my ancestors came from Australia, and before that from the United Kingdom and Ireland, blogs and webinars from Australia and the United Kingdom and Ireland are of the most interest to me.


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