For me, resolution is not just the end of the challenge but also looking to the future, to my plans for my research in the coming year. And my resolutions are :
- to keep blogging, even if I can't think of much to say. This blog helps to keep me focused on my research and all the marvelous developments in genealogy - the new resources and books available, the new records I can access.
- to keep researching, because family history is never something you can sit back and announce is 'done'. There is always new paths to explore, newly available records to search, new relatives to share information with. And we constantly make new history to pass down to the generations to come.
- to contact more of my DNA matches, something I did when I first tested but have not followed up as well as I should. New DNA matches appear all the time as more people do DNA tests, and this is an area I need to pay more attention to.
- to celebrate the successes, both large and small. Sometimes I focus too much on the brick wall in my research, the searches that revealed nothing, the records that have been lost, the DNA matches I have reached out to who have not replied. I need to focus more on the positives - the new records I have found, new details gleaned, the various 'cousins' who have responded to my emails and shared information.