Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Family History New Year's Resolutions

Hello All -

A new year and now a new post for the blog.  Hope everyone had a good Christmas and is recovering from all the festivities.  Now that it is the start of a new year, it is also the start of the traditional thoughts of resolutions.  I am sure that many of you have thought about what sort of resolution(s) you may do for this new year.  Resolutions involve all sorts of personal issues, and this also includes our family history/genealogy.

In the February issue of YFT they have an interesting pie graph of those who responded to their forum question regarding what people's new year's family history resolutions would be.  Here is the breakdown of the numbers according to their survey:

30% - Be more organized
22% - Other (breaking down brick walls was a popular answer)
16% - Spend more time on your tree
8% - Publish your research
8% - Get round to backing up your research
8% - Visit an ancestor's grave
8% - Visit more archives

These numbers are very interesting.  I am a bit surprised regarding the single digit number on "visit more archives."  I thought that one would be a bit higher, but if you don't have the time to do such things then it makes things a bit harder to be a high priority.  I think that the low number of back up one's research is also a bit disappointing.  To me this is a very important thing to do.  I have had it happen to me before of not backing things up from the computer and then suddenly everything is gone.  All it takes is one virus, etc. to ruin hours and years of hard work. 

If you are not working on your family history at present, please make sure that you save/copy your work onto a disk or other safe method.  That way things will not get lost, and if something does happen, at least you can put it back onto your computer easily with your backup disk or other format used.  While you are working on your research, try to make it a habit to save your work at the end of each day if possible.  I know it can be a bit of a pain to do it and you can forget to save things, as I find myself thinking that way too.  However, the possibility of a loss of data can be a big motivator.

It is good that some people are having resolutions regarding their genealogy/family history, and thinking about their research work.  All the replies shown on the survey mentioned above are important and will help to make a better genealogist.  Which is what all of us strive to do in some way or another.

Until Next Time . . .

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