1. Travel to a least one or more of your ancestral villages, the more exotic the better because let’s face it; it’s a trip away from your computer screen.
- 3. Travel to Salt Lake City Utah and research in the largest family history library in the world. The LDS library is the Mecca for genealogists. Warning one trip will not be enough. Here's a tip attend the Rootstech Conference in Feb 2012 and you can kill two birds with one stone.
4. Publish Your Family History – you didn’t think I was going to let this opportunity past with out a little lecture on writing your story. What’s the use of all that research if not to write and publish your family stories for future generations? Stop procrastinating and start writing.
5. To Read all the great genealogy books, family histories, novels and blogs that are the cornerstone of family history. There is so much to read and so little time. Make a list of those must reads, and commit some time everyday to reading.
6. To have a well organized Family Tree – we all preach the proper, organizing your genealogy, citing all your facts, a nice filing system with colour co-ordinated folders, well-organized digital files, all backed up safely. The truth is that would make us the most perfect genealogist. Let's be real researching is far more exciting then organizing. However, keep plugging away at it, one can dream.
7. To Make Money chasing other people’s ancestors – we love it so much we do it for friends and family but it really would be nice to make a little money at it. Hang out your shingle, get certified, it won’t make you rich but it might pay a bill or two.
8. To publish an article or book based on your research and experience. Don’t be shy, plenty of family history magazines are looking for great articles from family historians. Write it, rewrite, polish it and send it off, what have you to lose. Want to go big, write that novel, that how to book, in this day and age there is nothing stopping you.
9. To discover living relatives that you didn’t know existed – this is my favourite, I dream of traveling to my family’s homeland and discovering living relatives of those who stayed behind. They open up their homes and memory boxes for sharing. My family history journey would be complete.
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