Genealogy Resolution Roundup: 2011

I am not the only genealogist who has written a blog entry about goals for the new year.

I thought it might be interesting to take a quick, and frankly, nearly random survey of what other bloggers and journalists have said about their genealogical plans in the new year, or what your resolutions should be …

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  • Megan Toth of the Syosset Patch in Syosset, New York lists “Learn Something New” as number 4 on her “New Year, New Resolutions” list, and the top item under learn something new is “Learn more about your family’s roots at Genealogy classes offered at the Syosset Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7 pm.”
  • Julie Cahill Tarr writes an organized and thoughtful piece on what she got accomplished in 2010, and what she would like to do in terms of genealogy in 2011. It was especially good to see her talking about helping “someone else with their genealogy.” She also plans to finish her ProGen study group and … wait for it … “Stop slacking on this blog.”
  • Randy Seaver writes a voluminous list of goals for 2011, while acknowledging he didn’t get everything done that he would have liked to in 2010. The list is organized into groups: Research, Data Organization, Genealogy Database, Education, Society Activities, Speaking and Teaching, Writing, and … finally Real Life, where he (or is it his wife on his behalf?) agrees to try to limit his genealogy work to 10 hours a day.

What are your goals for the new year?