- Use my one remaining month of World Deluxe membership to Ancestry.com to search for and order records on: Herrel family in Germany; Evans and Hughes famillies in Montgomeryshire, Wales; and Baxter, Flack, and Carmichael families in County Antrim, Ireland
- Organize my surname binders for Herrel, Evans, and Baxter. I find it’s easier to update the binders at the same time I’m actively researching the families
- Start reading Organizing Your Family History Search by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1999) and Throw Out 50 Things by Gil Blanke (New York: Springboard Press, 2009). The latter is because I need inspiration to clean out my house!
- Begin participating in two new weekly memes: 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, written by Amy Coffin of We Tree Genealogy, and the 21st Century Organized Family Historian, offered by Michelle Goodrum on The Turning of Generations. I may not participate every week, but that's ok, I just want to get the ball rolling.
- Give my blog a fresh look with a new header and background, and fine tune the sidebar
- Create a habit of writing for 20 uninterrupted minutes a day
- Write an article on the 1940 Census for the Palatine Heritage (the Ohio Chapter Palatines to America newsletter, for which I am Publications Chair)
- Watch two genealogy webinars
- Start a short online course. In keeping with my organization theme for the month, I’m thinking of taking “Organize Your Genealogy” from Family Tree University (here’s a link to a coupon code for 20 percent off any January class)
That should keep me busy enough for one month! Do you have any suggestions for me? What are your goals for January? Let me know so we can cheer each other on!