Genealogy To-Dos: May Wrap-Up

Ugh.  I started off strong in May, but I’ve been oddly unmotivated since about the third week of the month.  The fact that I’m writing this post on June 5, rather than May 31 is further evidence of that apathy.


The last three months, I’ve focused my research on one surname per month.  I’m switching gears this month.

  • Unsourced people:  I have a number of people in my database that don’t have sources, from the days when I was less diligent about citations.  I’m going to spend some time looking for census records to make sure I have the right children with the right families and general birth and/or marriage information.  I don’t have a specific number in mind to complete, but I’m going to start with the low-hanging fruit – those alive between 1880 and 1930 (the years that relationships were recorded).  I did a LOT on this task.  I actually stopped counting the number of people I found sources for, because there were so many.
  • Finish the 1910 census transcription that I started in April – Wards and Johnsons in Fannin County, GA. – I cannot seem to work up the steam to deal with the Johnsons.  There are just too many of them.  I set this aside and made notes on what I had done, so hopefully I can pick it up a little later on.


  • Write 8 blog posts. - I only wrote 3.  With writing, for me anyway, the writing motivates me to write.  So the less I write, the less I want to write and vice versa.


  • Spend 15 minutes a week dealing with papers on my desktop. – Another area that I did well with.  I spent one weekend going through one of the folders that sits on my desk and entering information.
  • Do a little database cleanup work. – Done.


  • NGS Home Study Course – finish Lesson 7 (Church & Cemetery Records).  I have to order microfilm for the church records, so it’s possible I won’t get this lesson completed, therefore:
  • I’ll also start Lesson 8 (Probate & Court Records);  I at least want to complete the reading. – I didn’t do anything with either of the NGS lessons.
  • Take the U. S. Courthouse Research online course by Christine Rose at FamilySearch. – Nope.

All in all, I’d say I did about 65% of what I intended to do in May.

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