What’s your Genealogy goals for 2019?

Better late than never!!

Here are my Genealogy Goals for 2019


Have you set yourself targets or goals for your family history research for 2019?

If not, now is the ideal time to review your work, review what you have already achieved and set yourself some new targets and goals for the next twelve months.

I always like the idea of goals or targets, it keeps you focused and gives you something to aim for. Having said that, there is nothing I like better than deviating off on a new venture, so although it’s good to set goals, don’t be too rigid with what you set out to achieve, allow some “wriggle room” for something that grabs your attention.

The key thing to remember is don’t over commit yourself, there is also a life outside of family history, well I assume there is?? So don’t set yourself unrealistic targets and likewise don’t beat yourself up too much, if you don’t achieve everything on your list.

So my list for 2019 looks something like this:

Re-organise my Family Tree filing system, brave I know! I have over 15 folders now and its growing by the year, so I am hoping to condense this into a colour coded filing system, this will be a major project and will need some clear thought.


Also another high priority is to join two local Family History Societies, this will enable me to “tap” into the abundance of local history knowledge that these wonderful Societies provide. This year I intend to join both Gloucestershire and Kent Family History Societies.

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Next up, I have recently completed a DNA test with Ancestry and I have upload my data in as many places as possible. I have made a lot of contacts, but with mixed results. I need to build a spreadsheet and look again at my DNA matches and go through this in a much more structured way. Enter “DNA painters and Chromosome mapping”, I need to seriously improve my knowledge in this field if I am to maximise the results of my DNA testing.


Also on my list is to make a visit to a military cemetery of one of my ancestors overseas, I have two trips in mind, Gallipoli or Ypres. If I am totally honest, this was also on last years “to do list”, but of course financial constraints and how best to spend your money is always a consideration.

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Another must for me this year is to make a third trip back to Dublin, but this time with the added incentive of meeting my Dublin Daniels family for the very first time, something that I am really excited about doing.


I also hope to continue with one of my new passions, blog writing, both for Family Tree Magazine and of course my own personal blog. I started off with a real blast in 2017, but last year was a much slower year, so I will endeavour to make more of an effort to write more!


A new addition for this year, is too make use of podcast and webinars. I have made use of them a few times before, but I need to make more use of these wonderful resources, there are so many good ones available. #ancestryhour has provided me with lots of help and advice on using podcasts and webinars. If you haven’t already joined in on #ancestryhour its every Tuesday at 7pm GMT, its a great place for all questions and discussions regarding Family History.

With so many Family History shows this year, my aim is to try to attend Family Tree Live and also Roots Tech, but again work commitments and finances will dictate how many of these wonderful shows I will be able to attend.

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The last item on my list is to knock a couple of brick walls down, which is the ambition of all budding genealogists!


So what is on your “to do” list for 2019?

Let me know………………..

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6 thoughts on “What’s your Genealogy goals for 2019?

  1. 2019- i want to collate all the information and reduce papers i have keeping to a minimum. Another task is to complete my scanning of old photos. Was surprised to read you havent joined family history societies before now! After the first couple of years doing family history when I realised all my ancestors didn’t hail from Manchester i still subscribe to Manc+Lancs FHS because i love reading the articles, like to read other people’s success stories and how they did it etc.Would like to eventually go on a trip to WW1 sites (Leger seem to be a company that specialise in such ‘holidays’. Good Luck with your quest!


    1. Thanks for the comments Jude really appreciate you took the time to read my blog. I probably should have explained better, I have been a member of various family history societies over the years, Essex for over ten years, Kent previously and Dublin currently, was just adding these societies as my goal for this year.


  2. Impressive goals! Joining local history/genealogy groups not only adds a “local” angle to our research, it enhances our understanding of records/methodology for finding ancestors from that area. Looking forward to meeting you at Family Tree Live in April.


    1. I think its really important to have goals it helps to focus on what we want to achieve. Joining a family history society allows you too tap into the local expertise and knowledge and like wise, look forward to meeting and catching up with lots of new and old family history friends at family tree live


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