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Saturday, 1 January 2011

New Year Resolutions - 1

Each day of this first week of 2011, Irish Genealogy News will suggest a suitable New Year's Resolution for family historians. First up is this:

Make a Plan for what you want to achieve in 2011.

You'll make best use of your time and resources if you know where you're headed. Exactly where you start with your plan rather depends on where you are already.

If you're just starting out, follow Irish Genealogy Toolkit's First Steps advice. You'll be well along in your research if you work your way through the list.

If you're already further along in your research, take a systematic approach.

  • Decide what it is you want to achieve.
  • Identify the gaps in your existing research
  • Map out the resources you need to search to fill those gaps
  • Decide when and how you are going to access those resources.

Commit your plan to paper and update it as you achieve each element.