January’s Motivation Monday update
I thought I’d better take a look at my January genealogy goals. I’ve been working on stuff but I wanted to make sure I’m not wandering off too much. You know how that is . . . first you start on the laundry, find something in a pocket, put that item away and see a couple glasses that need to be in the dishwasher, empty dishwasher first and take out clean cake plate to put away in pantry, find a couple soiled dish towels in the pantry that should be put in laundry. Oh yeah, the laundry. You know what I’m sayin . . .
So with organization being close to the top of my list, I plan to take one of my surname binders each month and clean it out and update it. This month I’m choosing the surname – Van Meter. I chose that family because it fits with my second goal and it was a small binder!! This is finished!! Ta-Da!! I have cleaned out the duplicate papers, added a couple research notes, put the surname on the binder spine and added a couple pics! Very happy with the end result! I’m ready to refer to my compiled notes/binder without papers spilling all over the place. Hooray!!Next on my list is to research my first cousin 4x removed, James R Van Meter. James served in the Civil War and was barely 21 yrs old when he died. His parents had both passed away when he enlisted and without a wife and children, his story ends there. I want to change that. It will be hard to document a mere 21 yrs between 1843 and 1864 but I want to do the best I can to preserve James’ short time here. I’ve hit a brick wall here. The info I had on James was passed down through another family researcher several years ago. I believe the info is correct but I can’t document it in any way. I cannot verify James’ father or link him, Asa, as my g-g-g-g uncle. James is in one census (1860) but that’s it! Talk about NOT leaving a paper trail. My next step is to order his Compiled Military Service Record from NARA. I won’t get family info but who knows what other door may open. So my research on James continues. Blogging – I want to be consistent and improve. I may not be consistent – yet – but I’m working in that direction. I’ve launched two, new topics on my blog that require continued work. First is Civil War Saturday, which is a weekly blog post on researching a Civil War veteran. Second I’ve added a GraveYard Rabbit page to my blog, which will help me with my yearly goal to have photos of the headstones of my direct ancestors, taken, printed and in the appropriate binder as far back as possible.
My final goal for this month was to drag the scanner upstairs and hook it up to my laptop. I want to start scanning my black and white family snap shots. The scanner is upstairs and hooked to my laptop. I’ve scanned two, yes a measly, two photos. Maybe I could say I’m half-way on this one?
My thanks go to Stephanie over at Corn and Cotton. It was her idea to join forces with the rest of the gene-community to support each other and our goals. Looking over this list I’m pretty happy with it. A couple detours but I’m pretty much on track. How about you? How are your monthly/yearly goals going so far in this new year? Let me know in the comments! We can root each other on!