Monday, January 2, 2012

Looking Ahead to 2012

Yesterday I posted my genealogical accomplishments for 2011. Here are my goals for 2012:

Personal Research and Organization
  • Focused research to determine the parents of my 2nd great-grandfathers Ransom Spurlock and Howell Brewer Martindale
  • Use the Geneabloggers' "Surname Saturday" blogging prompt as an aid in continuing to assure that I have proper source citations for facts recorded in my database and that I spend some research time on all my family lines
  • Complete research on my ancestors’ Civil War service
  • Continue transcription and organization of digital files. (I have a backlog of scanned images going back to September 2010 that need to be transcribed, recorded in my genealogy database, and properly named/filed.)

  • Participate in Amy Coffin’s 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy (for information on this new series, click here)
  • Complete three book projects (two currently in progress and one in planning stages)
  • Write and submit a minimum of two articles for publication in genealogy periodicals
  • Continue to post regularly on my existing blogs

  • Develop eight (8) new genealogy presentations (two each quarter)
  • Submit proposals to Southern California societies and respond to issued calls for proposals, to increase the number of presentations given

  • Complete the NGS Home Study Course
  • Complete ProGen 12
  • Submit preliminary application to the Board for Certified Genealogists
  • Attend Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (Track 1: American Records) and the SCGS Jamboree
  • Read at least six genealogy books and write a review of each

Giving Back
  • Continue as newsletter editor for the Southern California Chapter of APG and as a member of the SCGS Jamboree Committee
  • Spend a minimum of one hour each month taking photographs of headstones in local cemeteries for uploading to BillionGraves and FindAGrave
  • Participate in indexing of the 1940 census when released

I’m working on a timetable so that the end of the year doesn’t sneak up on me. To help assure that I keep these objectives in mind, I am hanging a copy of this post (along with my timetable) on the wall behind my computer so I see it daily!

© 2012 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research


  1. Hi Denise, this is a great list you have going for 2012. I'm sure you will be good to go with this list in hand. It always helps me to have a list as well. And I like how you have it organized into different categories. I would be interested to see how you set up your timetable as well. I am always aspiring to do one for myself, but can't seem to ever get around to it. Good luck ! and keep us up to date on your progress!

  2. Thank you for the mention! I hope you enjoy the Abundant Genealogy series!

  3. These are wonderful goals, Denise. I think you'll enjoy the American Records course at SLIG--I took it last year and loved it. Like Ginger, I'd like to see how you make your timetable. Best wishes for a happy and productive year!

  4. Thanks, all, for your comments. Amy, I am looking forward to the Abundant Genealogy series; already I'm stumped with the first week - how to choose from all the wonderful blogs that are out there!
    Ginger and Shelley, Timetable may not have been the best word; basically I assign everything a completion date (quarter 1, quarter 2, etc.) and then do monthly/weekly plans based on what needs to be done during the current calendar quarter.