Genealogy To-Dos: November Wrap-Up

I started out this month’s To-Do list post by saying “the hardest thing about these monthly To-Do posts is narrowing down my list to a size that can be accomplished in one month.”  Well. . .I did not narrow the list down enough this time.


  • Write 8 blog posts (no including “On this date” posts) – I still have FGS notes to write up, so those are my priority.  I actually wrote 12 posts, but none were from my FGS notes.


  • Process 5 headstone photos from Chatsworth Heights Cemetery (this includes entering data into RootsMagic, (possibly) writing “Tombstone Tuesday” posts, and adding the photos to TNG). 6 completed.
  • Census project:  Analyze two 1930 census records – one for my paternal grandmother and one for my maternal grandfather.  I was overly ambitious here.  Transcribing census records for the surrounding 50 households of an ancestor, plus all other households with the same surname, is taking much more time than I had anticipated.  I got about halfway through with the analysis work for my maternal grandfather.
  • Work on France Kendrick/Lizzie West family group sheet.  Ensure that I have basic birth-marriage-death facts for everyone and that they are properly cited.  Done.
  • Due diligence on p. 16 of Butler Ahnentafel report.  I didn’t get to this at all.
  • The FHL film I ordered last week should come in, so look for marriage bond for Ben Hemphill and Martha Lytle, as well as for others who may have been married in McDowell County, NC between 1842 and 1868.  Done.  I found about 50 marriage records on this roll, including the bond for Ben & Martha (yay!).
  • Order FHL film of Fannin County, GA marriages.  I found out these images have been added to Georgia’s Virtual Vault, so I didn’t need to order the film.


  • Database work:  delete duplicate notes from records with surnames starting with P and Q.  Done.
  • Lesson Two of NGS Home Study Course.  Done.
  • Attend Family History Expo in Atlanta!  Done.

I give myself a B this month, not so much for lack of work, as for overplanning.  I’m trying out a time-tracking tool that should help me put together more realistic plans going forward.  Stay tuned for news about that.

Check back on Thursday to see my to-do list for December.

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  1. says

    I applaud your monthly to do lists and especially your ambitiousness and diligence on analyzing census records. That can be tedious work! Hopefully, it will pay off in spades in the long run.

    You’ve peaked my interest with your time tracking tool. I wait with baited breath :)
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    • Tonia Kendrick says

      Thanks Michelle! I’m actually really excited about this time-tracking app. I’ve only been using it a few days, but it is everything I’ve ever wanted in a time tracker. I’ll write about it very soon.


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