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Monday, 1 February 2016

January 2016 Monthly Review

So how did I go in keeping to my goals and intentions during January?

Goal #1 I'm going to resolve 5 of the 13 research questions I have about my grandfather, Alexander William de FRIEZ. I'm going to do this by spending at least 1 hour per week on the research.  These 5 questions will be resolved by 31 December 2016.

I didn't actually address this at all during January :-(

Goal #2 I'm going to resolve 3 of the 10 research questions I have about my great-uncle, Charles Frank de FRIEZ.  I'm going to do this by spending at least 1 hour per week on the research.  These 3 questions will be resolved by 31 December 2016.

While I didn't resolve any of my research questions, I have made progress. I discovered the date and the ship on which Charles Frank travelled to Australia from New Zealand.  I also discovered his name in an electoral roll for Marsden in New Zealand, which give his home address in 1957.  So this is moving forward.

Goal #3 I'm going to review and correct the source citations that I have in RootsMagic so that they are in Evidence Explained format.  I'm going to do this by tackling the records of 1 ancestor per week (per the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge) throughout 2016.  

Again, I only managed to finish 1 post in this series, which did force me to correct my sources though.  The linking of the post series with the ancestor is sound; I just need to keep up with it.

Goal #4 I'm going to participate in, and complete, the organising processes recommended through the FINALLY Get Organized! weekly checklists provided by DearMYRTLE.  I commit to making the necessary time to complete each week's activities throughout 2016.

I think I need to let go of this goal - it has proven to be too much of a distraction for me, from actually researching!  I have become bogged down in Facebook posts and emails and blog posts about the "perfect" system of organisation. And I have experienced a kind of paralysis about it.  I think it's been worthwhile because I have re-arranged my digital files, and have decided on a system to corral all the bits of paper I collect about each person.  But I don't want to be sidetracked by this any longer.

Goal #5 I'm going to photograph, upload, and transcribe all the headstones in the Presbyterian and Methodist Sections of Mount Bassett Cemetery for find-a-grave.com  I'm going to visit the cemetery once each month, take approx 100 photos, and upload and transcribe them before my next visit.  This work will be completed by 31 December 2016. 

No progress at all.

So, I'm going to let go of Goal 4 altogether and instead focus on researching and writing my family history - which is what I want to do.

Look forward to a more productive February :-)


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