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Open Thread Thursday: Genealogy Resolutions for 2013

2013 genealogy resolutions

This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

“Make a new plan, Stan.” If you are of a certain age like me, you know the name of the song where that phrase appears. While we aren’t here to discuss leaving someone or something, we are talking about resolutions related to your genealogy research and perhaps leaving old habits and old practices behind.

Have you set some goals for 2013 related to your family history projects? Is it time to finally get organized? What about scanning those old photos? Taking an online course or getting certified as a professional genealogist?

Whatever you have in mind remember to set your goals with passion, enthusiasm and a sense of direction. We all know how genealogy research goes when you don’t use a research plan, right? So set out those genealogy goals for 2013 and get started today!

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.

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I am very late in formulating my own resolutions for 2013 due to various factors including too many deadlines and a touch of the flu. As I mentioned today in my blog post at the Flip-Pal blog, my mantra for 2013 is Think Big!

What does this mean? For me, I’m looking to my ancestors and I want to actually approach my goals for 2013 the same way they approached coming to America and making their way in a new country, a new landscape. No, genealogy is not a new place for me, but I’m going to be pushing the limits and really thinking outside the box this year.  I’ll have more about my own resolutions at one of my other sites soon.

In the meantime, I know that my resolutions include starting the clock on getting certified, doing more writing, producing more passive income with royalty streams, encouraging and mentoring other genealogists as much as possible, and in general spreading the good word about genealogy and family history.

Last year my mantra was abundance and I have to tell you, did that ever pay off!  I am blessed to be at a point in my life and career when things are in good alignment and I’m not only successful, but I’m having fun as well.  2013 is not just my year to accomplish great things, but it is your year as well.  Now go out and get it!


If you’ve already posted your genealogy resolutions for 2013 at your own blog or website, feel free to share them with us by posting the link in the comments. We’d love to know what your plans are for 2013!

This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

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6 thoughts on “Open Thread Thursday: Genealogy Resolutions for 2013

  1. I’ve already written 2 blog posts on what some of my resolutions are for the new year. One was on journaling ( and the other on finding courage to join genealogy related communities ( My other big goal is to get more organized. I am finding that when I’m writing things for my blog, or going back to a line I haven’t looked at in awhile, I discover that I have forgotten a lot or don’t know where something came from because I don’t always write things down. I also want to work more with my dad to compile our more recent family history to share with my siblings.

  2. My first goal was to start a blog, which I did in December. I had been putting it off for quite a while. The second was to get more involved in the Genealogy community as a whole, which I believe I am doing. As far as research, I’ve select a few key ancestors to concentrate on and am in the process of devising a plan to itemize what documents, stories, etc. I still need to gather.

    Congrats on the productive 2012 and on to an even better 2013!

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