I decided to take a moment and look back at the goals I made in January for 2011 since we are halfway through the year in order to ensure that I am staying the course and this is what I discovered:
1) Scan as many of the photos and documents in immediate family members possessions as possible
This is a continual process, but I am having success. I've attended Scanfest, and borrowed papers, and photos from family to ensure copies of all items are dispersed over several households.
2) Catch up and stay current in my ProGen Class
I continue to struggle with this
3) Continue to follow leads on the McDaniel/Munsey side of my family
This was a large brickwall in my family that is finally opening with trips to Posey County, Indiana. More trips are needed to see what records can be copied and studied for further study.
4) Visit White County, Illinois and Ohio County, Kentucky
Spent 3 days in Ohio County in March and should be back there for 2 days next week to do research and connect with some relatives we have met. White County will be later in June or mid July.
I feel fairly well about those at this point in the year, and have accomplished other steps as well:
I have taken several other courthouse trips for records throughout southern Indiana
Ordered some films from Salt Lake City
Attended local workshops on history and genealogy topics and many webinars
Obtained military records from the Civil War and service records from St. Louis
Located a few naturalization records (Finally!)
Continued the process of the dream my mother has of joining the DAR
Sometimes I think we spend so much time spinning as we go about the process of "getting" that we (or at least I) forget to take a moment to breathe and really study what I actually have in order to put my family in perspective and treasure them even more. Taking a moment to see where I stand really can be inspiring.
Now it's time to get back to enjoying my family more and focusing on obtaining those goals.