We have reached the end of another year… and boy, did 2017 go by fast! How did your genealogy pursuits fare during the past year? Where do you want to go with your research and activities in the coming year? I am taking time to reflect today: looking back, and moving forward in my genealogy life.
Looking back to everything I did in my genealogy life in 2017, I…
- enjoyed an amazing trip to New York City and spent an entire week in genealogy pursuits
- began the Accreditation process… finally!
- archived 70 photos from my collection
- shared 30 family history photos & stories on Instagram
- attended the Wiltbank family reunion with my husband’s entire family
- served on the UGA First Families of Utah & Education Committee
- produced 4 family history video stories for the Finlay Genealogy YouTube channel
- wrote 92 additions to my 1000 stories (my personal life history project)
- shared 7 family history stories on the Finlay Genealogy site
- spoke at 7 genealogy conferences
- was interviewed by Eric Wells for Faces of NextGen
- began this blog to share tips and methodology with you!
- had my first magazine article published in the UGA Crossroads magazine
- and my husband released the GenQuizitive Live game
- made connections with several cousins and distant cousins regarding our shared family history
- connected with many more Genea-Friends online and at conferences, yay!
- indexed 82 records, zoned 533 records through FamilySearch (I think I prefer zoning…)
- began compiling recipes from several grandmas and great-grandmas to make cookbooks commemorating each of them
- participated in many of these activities with my husband and children & that is the best part
Moving Forward in 2018, I plan to:
- finish the accreditation process (hopefully by the end of January)
- speak and serve as an Ambassador at RootsTech 2018
- speak at several other conferences throughout Utah and virtually
- develop more genealogy courses
- break down my great-great-grandma, Bertha’s brick wall (this year I should have more time for research with less time studying for tests!)
- continue the photo archiving project week by week
- create more family history video stories
- add to my 1000 stories life history project
- prepare the grandma cookbooks for publication and distribution
- share ancestor stories more consistently on Finlay Genealogy site
- volunteer with more genealogy organizations
- continue indexing and zoning
- add new features to Boundless Genealogy (really excited about this one!)
How was your genealogy life in 2017? Do you have big plans for 2018?
Cordial Genealogy Wishes,
**UPDATE** July 2019: We are sad to announce that the Little Family Tree app has been discontinued. Thank you to all those families who enjoyed the app!