2018 Genealogy Resolutions

It’s that time of year again for Genealogy Resolutions.  I don’t make resolutions like lose 20 pounds, or exercise more.  But I do make ones for my genealogy, and for the most part, I tend to stick to them. 

2017 was a rough year.  My Father-in-law became sick in late March and passed away in early April.  My sweet Mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s Disease and so someone had to stay with her around the clock until her children could find an assisted living home.  So for the next few months, Hubby was gone almost every weekend as he and his siblings took turns caring for their mom. It was a labor of love and none of us regret the time we spent with her, but since all three have full time jobs and other commitments, it was also a stressful time for all of us. Especially when you consider we live 2 hours one way from her as does my Sister-in-law.  Of course, that also meant the bulk of the work settled on my Brother-in-law, who lives close by.

Thankfully mid June we moved her into her apartment and she has settled into her new life.  We can visit her or call her on the phone, but her daily care has been turned over to professionals and we can rest knowing that she has her medications and meals every day, so it was worth the wait.  She has made lots of friends and sadly thanks to Alzheimer’s, gets to remake many of them again the next day. 

Work and church life has kept Hubby and I incredibly busy since then, but still I managed to take two large genealogy research trips in the Spring and Fall and so I have lots of new sources, and new ancestors for 2017. Also as part of preparing her home to sell, I have inherited all her photos, baby books, memorabilia, etc from 81 years of a very full life!  Hubby are spending the time and money to go through all of them and make new homes for them in our home as much as we can. 

So what is my genealogy resolutions for 2018?

Simply to sort, label, and hopefully scan all my Mother’s and Mother-in-law’s pictures.  Mom gave me all her stuff several years ago and I haven’t done anything with them.  So Santa bought me several photo sorting boxes from Michael’s and a few photo labeling pens, and it is my plan to spend the cold nights of winter sorting and labeling all these wonderful family photos.

Hopefully either Spring or Summer 2018 Hubby and I will get to go on another huge research trip.  Last time we spent an entire day at the Tennessee Archives getting files that are not yet online. I am still working through those! 

And I have added one thing to my genealogy bucket list that I am hoping will pan out in 2018.  Speaking to our local genealogy society at the library.  I spoke with the librarian in charge last week and hopefully some time after the  new year I can set this in motion for me to have a chance to do this. 

So that’s it.  Doesn’t sound like a lot, but you should see the pictures!!!!!  Happy Holidays!  See you in the New Year.

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