Looking Forward

Do you do any sort of review of your genealogy pursuits at the end of the year? I think it’s always good to look back and see what you accomplished and then look forward to the new year and new (or continuing) goals. I had some goals that I hoped to achieve in 2022 which I am going to have to continue to work on in 2023. Other goals were achieved and it’s so good to look back and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Goals I’ll be moving forward with:

  • My Accredited Genealogist (AG®) journey: I met part of this goal by completing my Level 2 & 3 testing in March 2022. I am waiting for those results.
  • My Certified Genealogist (CG®) journey: I continued to work with my amazing Accountability Group and made some very good progress on two of the elements for the portfolio. I plan to go on the clock on 1 May 2023 and submit by 1 December 2023.

Other 2023 goals:

  • DNA: I have planned out my attack strategy to get my DNA skills up to par! I consider myself an advanced beginner so there is still lots of work to do to improve these skills. I’ll be writing more about my strategy in a future blog post.
  • Webinars and Articles: I hope to continue to present webinars and write articles. My first webinar will be in March for ISBGFH (International Society for British Genealogy and Family History) where I’ll be talking about those wonderful Cousin Jacks (Cornish miners) in our family trees. In January, I will have an article published in Crossroads (the journal of the Utah Genealogical Association) on settlers to South Africa in the 1820s who later settled in Utah.
  • Education: I will be taking Paul K. Graham’s SLIG course, Advanced Genealogical Methods in January, and hope to take Patti Lee Hobbs, Genetics for Genealogists at IGHR in July. Besides those, I plan to continue to watch webinars, read articles, books and journals, and keep trying to expand and deepen my knowledge and skills.

I wish you a peaceful, happy and healthy 2023!

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