April 2, 2012

Advancing in April: Motivation Monday

I hope the weather is good where you are, because we are having the loveliest—and earliest—spring I can remember in a long time in Ohio. The flowering trees are nearly a month ahead of schedule. Wish I could say the same about myself!

I did pretty well on some of my March goals, and not so well on others. I made a research plan for the Allen County Public Library and for the most part followed it when I got there, so I’ll count research as a success (even though I didn’t find anything earth-shattering). I also finished organizing my last three surname binders.

One of the highlights of the month was visiting my brother (always a treat) and scanning over 100 family pictures with my new Flip-Pal scanner. It only took about an hour—amazing! And I wrote ten blog posts, exceeding my goal of eight.

On the other hand, my pledge to write 20 minutes a day took a real hit this month. It just didn’t happen. I haven’t yet gotten the images that I scanned at my brother’s house off the SD card, so I didn’t actually add anything to my digital archives. I only watched one of the two webinars I meant to, and haven’t yet typed up my hastily scribbled notes for that one.

With the release of the 1940 Census starting April off with a bang, though, there’s no time to dwell on missed goals. So without further ado, here’s what I hope to accomplish this month:

  • Process the images that I scanned at my brother’s and add them to my digital archives, with metadata
  • Write eight blog posts
Giving Back:
  • Index batches of the 1940 Census for the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. This will be my first time indexing, and I’m looking forward to it--as long as all of us eager genealogists don't crash the servers!
I also have one other project I’m working on, but I’m not quite ready to talk about it yet. Stay tuned for an announcement next week.

What would you like to accomplish in April? Will you be indexing or looking for people in the 1940 census? Whatever your goals, best wishes for a productive and enjoyable month!

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  1. It has been a strange Spring, hasn't it? How wonderful to have the opportunity to get photos from your brother, though, and organizing them will definitely give you a sense of accomplishment. I'm not sure if anyone's had the opportunity to review their material from MWGM12; think we'll all be uncovering things this month.
    Good luck on your goals...and can't wait to hear the good news!!

  2. Thanks, Laura. It will feel good to get those photos organized. I'm especially glad to have them digitized because he lives in a coastal area of Florida, and you never know about hurricanes. Good luck on your goals as well!


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