September Genealogy To-Dos

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It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with all the genealogy research and related activities that I want to get done.  These to-do lists keep me on track.  This is what I want to do in September: Research Write brief research summaries on the various members Patterson-Chapman line that I’ve been working on for a few […]

Genealogy To-Dos – August Wrap-Up

Another great month.  I really got a lot done.  I was worried that I was overbooking myself with my to-do list,  since I was on vacation part of the time, but it all worked out. Research Continue working on Patterson-Chapman line: a) wrap up all the census work for the children John Patterson-Nancy Chapman. b) […]

August Genealogy To-Dos

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I accomplished a lot in both June and July, which makes me excited to get started on August.  I hope I’m not overbooking myself with this list (especially since I’ll be on vacation part of the time).  We’ll see how it goes.  This is what I want to do this month: Research Continue working on […]

Genealogy To-Dos – July Wrap-Up

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July was another exceptionally productive month.  I really feel like I accomplished a LOT. Research Continue working on the Patterson/Chapman lines from last month.  I hit the jackpot on research clues with this line.  Last month, I had found a website that presented an extensive three-generation research report on the descendants of John Patterson and […]

July To-Dos

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I cut back my to-do list for June and ended up exceeding my expectations almost two-fold.  For July, I’m increasing my list just a bit, but not to the level it was in the spring. Research Continue working on the Patterson/Chapman lines from last month. edited to add:  Use research log Organization Do some database […]

Genealogy To-Dos – June Wrap-Up

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I was on fire this month!  I”m calling it the “Jamboree effect.” Research Saturday I was contacted by a DNA match from 23andMe.  We think the Pattersons are our connection, so I”m going to spend some time working on my Pattersons and hopefully our shared ancestor will reveal him/herself. – I haven’t found the common […]

June Genealogy To-Dos

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I had considered skipping To-Dos this month, given my recent lack of motivation and the fact that summer is here, the cicadas are mostly gone (yea!), and I want to spend time outside.  Instead, I decided to do a very abbreviated list. Research Saturday I was contacted by a DNA match from 23andMe.  We think […]

Genealogy To-Dos: May Wrap-Up

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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. Research The last three months, I’ve focused my research on one surname per month.  I’m […]

May Genealogy To-Dos

Here is my to-do list for May, mapped to my annual goals. Research 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 […]

Genealogy To-Dos: April Wrap-Up

April was a pretty good month, especially when compared to March.  I’d say I achieved about 85% of my objectives. Research Census project: do the 1920 and 1910 transcriptions and analyses for the Newt Ward-Rachel Johnson household.  I finished 1920 and got about halfway through 1910.  It’s the Johnsons that are taking forever (no surprise […]