GeneaChat: New Beginnings – Moving Forward in 2017 2

January 1st brings the chance for new beginnings in many aspects of our lives. We buy new calendars, journals and carefully write down our goals. We look back on how we did the year before and wonder how the year could have gone by so fast and determined to do better in the next.

As you look at opportunities for new beginnings in your genealogy pursuits, what plans do you have for moving forward 2017?

Do you need to get more organized? What and how are you going to do to make sure you can find what you need when you need it. It can be so frustrating to have to search again for information on an ancestor that you know you already have!

  • Are there things that you need to redo because you just didn’t know better at the time you started your family history?
  • What about beginning a new project for the year? Are you determined to find that stubborn lost ancestor?
  • Is there a specific methodology that you want to learn more about? What do you want to learn about and in what ways will you get that education?
  • Do you want to travel and search beyond the internet? Where do you need to go to look for records?
  • Do you have plans to one day visit the land of your ancestors-could this be the year? Where will you go?
  • Is this the year to write that family history or start a genealogy blog? How do you plan on getting it started? What will you write about?
  • Maybe joining a lineage society is part of your new challenge for the year. Which society do you qualify for and what do you need to do to accomplish becoming a member?
  • Are volunteer opportunities something that you would like to begin the new year with? What could you do for your local and state genealogy and historical societies? How can you give back to the genealogy community?
  • If you are a professional genealogist, what things will you start doing to help your business grow?

Here’s some of the things that I would like to accomplish over the next 12 months.


My folders and binders from the past 30 plus years of research are in dire need of being purged unnecessary papers. Scanning documents, pictures and other records would allow me to throw away anything that is not an original. Those that are need to be stored in archival boxes. And? Then there’s my genealogy desk……I vow to be able to see the desk at least once a week!

Starting Over: Redoing my source citations will be part of my plans for this upcoming year. How I wish I understood the importance of correctly identifying the resources I have used as I researched my family lines. Going back over those earlier finds and citing them correctly is and will continue to be a work in progress. It’s not only the old records that need a proper citation, but I find that I struggle with making sure my citations are EE approved. Just ask anyone who has had to look at and grade a paper I have written. I try so hard, but often don’t quite get there. This year, I WILL do better!

Skill Building:

This year I have made a goal to learn more about DNA. I have tested, but I am at the point of “Hey, that’s nice to know, but what do I do now?” As I go to conferences, I will choose more DNA classes. Studying books, blogs and other articles will be on my to do list. The planned result? Understanding more about snippets, centimorgans, dna circles and how I connect to those matching cousins!


Continuing as a board member for my local genealogy club and being part of a few committees nationally will be part of my giving back in the new year. There’s nothing better than working and sharing with the genealogy community!

Professional development:

After a couple of years of putting most of my goals on the back burner, 2017 hopefully will be the year that I can grow my Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC business. My to do’s include more classes booked to teach, more presentations lined up and possibly an updated web presence. It gives me such joy to teach others and I want to do more of it!

Now, it’s your turn! Please share and inspire us with your goals for moving forward in 2017 and how you’re going to do it.
You can participate in this month’s GeneaChat by writing a blog post sharing your experiences with our topic and leaving the link in the comments below. If you don’t have a blog, you may also join in the fun by using the comment section to share what help you have received.

Remember that your posts and comments will be part of GeneaChat: New Beginnings-Moving Forward in 2017 Recap on January 26, 2017. Can’t wait to see what y’all are saying about this!

Thanks for GeneaChatting!

Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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