HAPPY NEW YEAR
A WONDERFUL 2014!
We made it. Here we are in a brand-spanking-New Year! 2014 is ours for the taking, shaping, and enjoying. My better half and I just finished our toast (sparkling cider due to her medical condition) and we threw open our front door and our back windows to let the ‘old air’ out and the ‘new air’ in. A tradition that she brought to our marriage and one I must say is a bit easier to take now that we no longer spend New Year’s Eve in her hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota! Now it is time for some resolution making for my genealogy in this brand new year.
Along with my personal New Year’s Resolutions, I always make a few Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions too! For a variety of reasons I keep them a bit on the abstract side. However, the main reason I do this is because I greatly enjoy allowing my genealogy, ancestry, and family history to take me where ever it, and other family members, might lead me! Sure, I have my goals, but when a family member asks me a question on our family, that always goes immediately to the top of my list! I enjoy this aspect of flexibility in my genealogy work and find that it is a great way to keep family members who are new to genealogy intrigued and excited.
So here are my Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions:
1) I resolve to work smarter, not just longer. There is good reason that Richard Cardinal Cushing, a now deceased Archbishop of Boston, put the following in his ‘Busy Man’s Prayer’: “Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep.”
2) I resolve to respond to my spouse the very first time she calls me from my desk/computer/genealogy books. Not the third, sixth, or tenth time!
3) I resolve to actively participate in at least one genealogy society or organization that I belong to in order to help pay back those who did so before me and to pay it forward for those who will come after me.
4) I resolve to protect, to the very best of my abilities, all the materials I discover, collect, and document in my genealogy and family history so they will be easily available for those who will come after me and who might be seeking the same treasures I was once seeking.
5) I resolve to make my total and complete passion for genealogy and family history as evident and infectious to others, especially in our grand family, as I possibly can … without being overbearing.
6) I resolve to add the video component to my website, even though I had resolved to make this happen in 2013.
7) I resolve to support others, as best I can, as they undertake the pursuit of their genealogies and family histories.
8) I resolve to keep some FUN in my ancestry, genealogy, and family history work and to make it appealing to a wide variety of ages especially through the use of stories, photos, and anecdotes in addition to the usual documents and facts.
So there you have them! My 2014 Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions.
They are here in writing to help me hold myself accountable and so I can come back at this same time next year and take stock of how I did.
By the way, I am shooting for nothing short of 100%.
What are your Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions?
No matter what they are, I hope your 2014 is a smashing one! Especially when it comes to smashing down any genealogy brick walls you might come up against in your path.
Happy New Year from Onward To Our Past®
Scott and the team