2016 Goals Update

Wow…  Looking at my Goals at the start of the year, I was obviously highly optimistic but as most people know, particularly when it comes to Genealogy, sometimes things don’t go to plan.  In saying that, I’m not unhappy with where I’m at as I’ve had many opportunities that I hadn’t expected to come my way and so I guess I could say I have adjusted my goals somewhat.

So let’s take a look at my optimism on the 1 January and see where I’m at now.

Blogging – I admit my blog has taken a bit of a beating over the past few months but I feel like I’m getting a roll on now and I have posts scheduled so I’m a lot more in control of the process.  I have blogs set up for the four main branches of my tree and these have been a little neglected, but I’m hoping by building momentum of this blog, I will turn my attention back to those as well.  These are the four branches that I’m hoping to blog about:

On my paternal line:

  • Rogers
  • Kenyon

On my maternal line:

  • Lachmund
  • Latham

So what other goals do I have for 2016?

Genealogy Do Over – I’m yet to do the Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do Over program.  Yes, I have downloaded the book and I’ll try and read it when I have some down time.  I’ll then start with one branch at a time, and will probably look at doing it monthly.

Writing – I’ve started my research on the convicts of the Persian which arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in 1827.  I’m a little behind where I wanted to be so I may begin writing sometime in the second half of 2017.

Education – Complete ProGen Study Group 26.  I’m on track to complete ProGen.  It’s been a very intense, learning curve but I’ve loved every moment of it.  I’ve gained so much knowledge and made some wonderful friends.  I definitely recommend this program to anyone who is considering a career in Genealogy.  I’ve also begun the Society of Australian Genealogist’s Certificate in Genealogical Research.  After ProGen, I may take a bit of a break before thinking about Accreditation or Certification.

Personal – Family History – Main Goals

  • Rogers – finish the first family pamphlet on this line detailing the lives of my Grandparents, Sydney Francis Rogers (1915-1976) and June Beryl Kenyon (1923-1970) – this will probably need to become a project in 2017.
  • Kenyon – I have recently discovered the tragic plight of my 2nd great grandmother Frances Stevens (1863-1916) who died in the Kenmore Asylum (family unknown) after being institutionalised for nearly 30 years.  I want to track down what happened to her three daughters, Florence ( my Great Grandmother 1885-1972), Emily (1887-) and Lily (1889 – ) as soon after Frances was taken away, their father Robert was also institutionalised, finally dying in the Gladesville Asylum in 1908 –  I’ve found some information on Emily Elms so hopefully this will provide some answers.  As well, I need to access the asylum records for both Robert and Frances.  I’m hoping to have a few answers by the end of the year.
  • Lachmund – Extend my research into Germany on this line – another project for 2017.
  • Latham – Break down a few brick walls in my Latham line and verify my facts around my 2nd great grandparents, William James Latham (1858-1935) and Mary Jane Gallagher (1870-1939) – I have begun to break down brick walls in this family.  Sadly some of them weren’t what I was expecting with my 3rd Great Grandmother, Ellen Gallagher (nee O’Brien) (1831-1896), Mary Jane’s mother being murdered by my 3rd Great Grandfather, John Gallagher (1840-1929).  But that’s a tale for another day…

I have numerous other projects on the go, plus a tree change move later this month which will mean establishing my business in a new area – Our tree change has happened.  We moved in January earlier this year and I’m establishing my business here.  In fact, I’m really pleased with the progress on this front.

Well that’s it for now.  Let’s see how I feel by 31 December when I update my goals of 2016.

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