Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

Only a little bit late, I wanted to put out some of my goals for the coming year. Seeing them here will [hopefully] make them more "official" and thus more likely to be accomplished.

1. First and foremost, get this blog off to an active start and keep it going throughout the year.

I have to admit that I've been just a little bit nervous to actually take the plunge and start blogging. There are just so many wonderful genealogy blogs out there now. Then I realized that I wasn't competing, I was doing this for my extended family and my own research needs. I anyone else wanted to read, that would be icing on the cake!

2. Become really organized this year by following along with DearMYRTLE's monthly organization checklists.

Years ago I had copies of these monthly checklists when they were posted on AOL. Due to not following them, I became too disorganized to even find my printed copies. I was thrilled to see them back online.

3. Get all my gravestone photos posted on Find-A-Grave.

This site has to be one of my favorite finds of 2008. I don’t know why it took me so long to find it as I love things cemetery-related. This is such a great place to share all my cemetery photos. I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked in 2008, but this year I intend to get everything posted.

4. Take a minimum of 52 volunteer photos for Find-A-Grave.

just started working as a photo volunteer late last year (around September) and managed to take 19 photos in that time, so this should be do-able. It’s a fun way for me to “give back” to the greater genealogy community. I mean what could be more fun than roaming around a cemetery??

5. Clean up my main genealogy database.

I’m not even sure what this means yet, but I need to work very diligently this year on my sources and citations. I'm sure this will be the subject of numerous posts to come.

6. This last one is really more of a secret ambition than a resolution ~ so SHHH, don't tell ~ but I would like to become a Graveyard Rabbit!

I’ve been reading up on this wonderful group of people, and I’ve decided that it’s definitely what I want to be “when I grow up”!

I feel like six is probably enough for this year, so I’ll leave it at that for today. I'm just so excited that I've finished up with my accounting classes so my after work and weekends will be free to actually work on my genealogy. I feel like I will be able to take a really good shot at my list this year!


  1. Wonderful post, Diana! I too LOVE Find-A- Grave, am a volunteer photographer and get such a sense of gratification when I can post photos for someone. So many people posted photos of my family--it's been an awesome "find". There are several cemetery-related (1) groups on Facebook and (2)blogs to. GY Rabbit is terrific. I'll be watching for ya. I'm proud to be a Follower of your blog. You're right--it's not a competition. It's personal--we do it for ourselves, family and friends. I didn't even know about Facebook or blogging in Jan. 2008! We never know what will come into our lives!

  2. I forgot to mention that your Header is fabulous! I guess Thomas's instruction worked! My husband and I LOVE the old family photos!

  3. Hey Becky - Thanks so much for the comments. I especially appreciate the one about not even knowing about all this in 2008!! Exactly where I am right now and feeling a little overwhelmed. Your comment gave me hope for what can be done in a year. I have so much to learn but there are just so many people out there who seem willing to help. And a good example of that - Thomas's instructions worked like a charm!!

  4. Welcome to the genea-blogosphere! Believe it or not, the vast majority of people blogging their genealogy and family history research have been doing it for less than 2 years. You've got some "do-able" goals, good luck with them and your research.

  5. Diane - welcome to the "genea-blogger" sphere! I'll be dropping by to see what kinds of goodies you'll be talking about on Random Relatives (love the name!)

  6. Thanks Wendy - Having actual followers, wow...this will really keep me on my toes and also keep me posting things regularly. Fortunately I have quite a lot of "random relatives"!

  7. What a great start for your blog! I'm a newbie, too (started in August). I also want to start providing transcriptions and photos for Findagrave, though my county is awfully well covered, thanks to a super-active genealogy community here. And your beautiful header may give me the incentive and courage to try to follow Thomas' instructions to create my own. I look forward to enjoying your blog!

  8. Welcome, Diana. I loved what you wrote:

    "...I realized that I wasn't competing, I was doing this for my extended family and my own research needs."


  9. Welcome, Diana! I look forward to reading more about you, your family and ancestors, and your research!

  10. Hi, Diana!
    Let me add my welcome and congratulations on such a great blog. My first thought when I opened your page was "I love this header!" No lie. I love the Graveyard Rabbits and when you have your sea-legs under you, come on and join us.
    Thanks so much for becoming a follower of my blog.


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