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Dear genealogist’s diary…

As we celebrate the new year, Caroline Makein looks back on a busy 12 months of genealogy. Follow her highs and lows of 2018 along with tips to make 2019 the year for researching your own family story more widely

31 DECEMBER 2017

I have decided my own family history research and personal development as a genealogist need some time and attention.

What are my aims and targets for 2018? I want to work more efficiently and embrace the changes in the genealogical world since I first began researching; the ever-increasing information now accessible online and numerous websites offering different sources and resources. I have to learn about new methods and technology and take a fresh look at what I’ve done in the past. Mostly I want to equip myself to be able to dismantle, or at least gradually chip away at, my long-standing brick wall.

My New Year’s genealogical resolutions for 2018

• To fill in the gaps in our family tree on both sides

• To review previous research and break down our Makin brick wall

• To obtain copies of missing documents and fully transcribe them including references and citations

• To scan family photographs

• To be more organised

• To collaborate with family and other researchers

• To use DNA testing

• To join courses, visit heritage sites and exhibitions and explore new archives

• To learn about new technology


Review previous research

Early research is missing sources and references and I haven’t transcribed everything from the original documents. I’ve made a ‘to do’list of everything that needs checking, noting missing documents, and saved it to my laptop, so whenever I visit the research centre I work through it.

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Kick-start your research with the January issue of Family Tree - packed with ideas to help you plan for a great year of family history and inspire you to new discoveries. Get the latest! Our crop of experts talk about upcoming and breakthrough projects they're looking forward to in 2019. Plan your research month by month! Read a genealogist's diary of the past 12 months, and decide what you want to accomplish in the year to come. Hone your research skills! Join in with part 1 in the brand new series of the Family Tree Academy. Each month through the year to come the Academy will give you the chance to get better and understanding and using those all-important family history records. Read Family Tree and become the best genealogist you can be!