August Genealogy To-Dos

Keeping a monthly to-do list is so freeing, mentally.  I feel like I get so much more accomplished.  I stay on track, rather than chasing rabbits, because I know that whatever I think of doing can be added to my To-Do list in RootsMagic and then pursued later on.  These are my plans for August:


  • Write 8 blog posts (not including “On this date” posts) – ideally, this will include 1 Women’s Timeline post and 3 Surname Saturdays, but anything counts.


  • Extract information from 5 pages in Murray County Heritage.  I was looking at this book a couple of days ago and I have about 40 sticky notes poking out; everytime I find something of interest, I attach a sticky note, planning to come back later.
  • Scan last two death certificates and add information to database.
  • Process 4 emails from my genealogy inbox (this includes due diligence to verify facts & then entering info in database).
  • Transcribe Jim Butler military records received in July and enter into database.
  • Look for Elizabeth M. (Tucker) Ellis on the 1900 census.

Database Work:

  • I have a lot of duplicate notes resulting from a recent software conversion.  I want to start going through, alphabetically, and deleting the duplicates.  I’m going to start with the H’s, so that I stay slightly ahead of my work on The Notebook Project.


  • Continue working on The Notebook Project – I’m on Gertraut.
  • Complete Lesson 3 in NGS “Family History Skills” online course.
  • Attend the Federation of Genealogy Societies Conference in Knoxville.

What are your genealogy plans for August?

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    • Tonia Kendrick says

      Hi Mavis, glad you had success with goals! It took me several months to get my routine down so that I was actually posting at the first of the month.


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