October Genealogy To-Dos

Can you believe it is already October?  The year is flying by.  Thank goodness for these To-Do posts; not only do they help me stay on track, but I can look back and see what I actually accomplished during the hectic year.  Here are my plans for October:


  • Write 8 blog posts (not including “On this date” posts) – my priority is to write up more notes from FGS.


  • Process 5 headstone photos from my visit to Chatsworth Heights Cemetery (this includes entering data into RootsMagic, (possibly) writing “Tombstone Tuesday” posts, and adding the photos to TNG).
  • Check 1860 census for Dave Butler – I’ve checked numerous times, but hope springs eternal.  Supposedly, he lived with his father, James, and stepmother, Nancy.
  • Order FHL film that has Ben Hemphill-Martha Lytle marriage record.  This will be my first time to order film from the Family History Library.  This roll of film should have numerous other records that I need, so before it arrives, I will also review my database for McDowell County, NC marriages and also review the “NC Marriage Collection” index on Ancestry.com.
  • Order Mary Elizabeth (Patterson) Whitener’s death certificate from Oklahoma Vital Records.
  • My piles of paper “to-be-entered” are getting out of control and have actually taken over the top of my printer.  Deal with at least 5 pages from the printer-top: entering data, doing due-diligence, scanning, etc.
  • Visit the Alaculsa Valley cemeteries – Baxter Family, Chable Family, and Hopewell Baptist Church.


  • Database work:  delete duplicate notes from records with surnames starting with M & N.
  • Notebook Project:  I’m starting with Howell and I want to complete 215 names.
  • Continuing Education:  read chapters 2 & 3 in North Carolina Research (the Helen Leary book).

What are your genealogy goals for October?

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