Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Resolutions

Do you make New Years resolutions?
There was a time in my life when I actually wrote out a list of resolutions for the coming year on January 1st. That time is long past.
I've been quite amused this week by the various genealogy blog posts on resolutions. Lorine at Olive Tree Genealogy ( posted her 5 genealogy resolutions from last year and admitted to not accomplishing ANY of them. If I had made any, I'm sure I'd have a similar score.
Michael John Neil ( recommends picking one genealogy task that you might reasonably accomplish, writing it on a post-it note, and sticking it onto your computer. "If it won't fit on a post-it note, it's probably too long!" lists 10 Top Genealogy Resolutions to add to your "to do" list at These are all quite honorable goals, but none is easy. I've probably put "get my genealogy notes and records organized" on every resolution list I've ever made. Has it happened? Of course not!
What are your genealogy resolutions? If you make them, how about adding "get more involved in SGS"? We need people to write articles for our Bulletin, people to make presentations, people to share their brick wall solutions, people to serve as genealogy mentors, people to run for SGS director and officer positions, people to serve on various committees (nominating, elections, program, seminar, editorial). As an all volunteer organization, we depend on our members for EVERYthing that happens at SGS. Please consider helping out more in 2011.