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Open Thread Thursday: What Are Your Genealogy Goals and Resolutions for 2012?

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Have you set any goals or resolutions in terms of your genealogy for 2012? Are there some bad research habits you want to break? Do you want to be more organized?

What about attending specific genealogy conferences or increasing your attendance at educational opportunities including webinars?  How about joining a genealogical society or volunteering your time, perhaps with an indexing project?

One way to start preparing your road map for your best genealogy year ever is to review what you’ve accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) in 2011.  Be honest and take an inventory of everything you did as well as what you wished you could have done.  Then you’ll have a jump start on your 2012 goals.

Let us know what your genealogy New Year’s resolutions are for 2012.  Post at your blog and we’ll display them on New Year’s Day in a roll-up widget right here at GeneaBloggers.

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

What Did You Accomplish In 2011?

Personally, I am still tallying up what I got done in terms of genealogy during 2011.  I hope to have a full report later this week.  While everyone knows I tend to have a positive outlook (and the glass is always half-full), when it comes to my own accomplishments I tend to downplay them and not give myself enough credit.

I think the best way to start thinking about 2012 is to take an honest look at 2011.  Take inventory of what you did and what you wanted to do but didn’t.  Also look at what you might have started.  I’m sure that during my inventory I will also see areas where I need to change habits and behavior – this is all part of the process.

What Are Your Genealogy Goals for 2012?

Again, I’ve not yet plotted out my goals.  I think that 2011 has been a very good year for me but I know that 2012 will be even better.

I’ve decided that my keyword, my touchstone, my mantra for 2012 will be:


I’m committed to leading a life of abundance in 2012 and this also means in terms of my genealogy research and my genealogy business.  What do I mean by abundance?  Again, stay tuned for my special New Year’s message later this week – I hope that it will not only inspire you and give you pause for thought, but also will help you construct your own goals and resolutions for 2012.


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.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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