Genealogical Plans for 2020

We are past the first week of the year and I should have shared this a week ago, but the days got away from me. I have spent much of the last week thinking and planning a few genealogical research matters. Firstly a series that will run over the summer and then a review of blog posts for the Guild Blog Challenge that I wrote about last week.


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I am using the Guild challenge to tackle some of the items on my to do list, some of which are easily a decade old (in the case of one, it’s even longer than that!) and connected to my own family history rather than my One-Name or One-Place Studies, but do tap into my studies.

As I type there is a rather large pile huge stack of papers that needs to be filed and sorted into surnames and the material either added to my database or transferred to my to do list and once that is done the paper digitised and then recycled. As luck would have it, the recycling was emptied this morning, so I have two whole weeks to make a significant dent in those paper stacks!

I am also planning to make a dent in the outstanding projects that I have currently underway, one of which has been bubbling away for several years and I am determined to conclude it. Lastly, I want to post a bit more frequently here, I am aiming for twice a week at the very least.

What are your blogging and research plans for the year?

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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2 Responses to Genealogical Plans for 2020

  1. Alfred Gracey says:

    My hopes (partly inspired by your industriousness): By 2020 12 31, achieve these:
    Publish to preserve – interim reports now; not wait for perfection.
    Learn and do website-ery and blog-ery for advancing paternal ONS and own FH; register maternal ONS.
    Make products, not busyness.
    Trawl through 1/3 of notes ‘inherited’ from 3 older, related researchers who didn’t get around to publishing > 10% of their discoveries.
    Draft biographies for self + 1.

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    • Alfred, that is a list, but in bite size chunks you can do it! As I have said to you, my website is using TNG – The Next Generation as part of the Members’ Website Project run by the Guild – each study has at least two trees (my line and my ONS). I might even write a blog post here over the coming week. The Guild do offer a TNG and WordPress combo, but I decided against that. I have this site on WordPress and pay for the domain name as well as upgrading the WordPress site. It is not too complicated and whilst I am finalising the Practicalities course, there is some references to establishing a blog.

      Registering your maternal ONS is a good sign, over the years several members have done that – I have studies representing my parents too. The notes from years of research is a task. I tend to chuck the papers eventually, but after I have made a digital copy of perhaps entered the note into the current notebook and expanded the details. Good luck with your endeavours.


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