It's that time of year again and I have to say, I was almost afraid to look back at my resolutions from last year. Turns out I didn't make any, or at least didn't put any in writing. I guess that's good because according to one study, 75% of New Year's resolutions have fizzled out by the first of February. I heard someone say that instead of resolutions, they set short term goals and that sounded brilliant to me. Since things change so fast, it's hard to look out a whole year.
Personally, I had a very good year. My family's health was good, my husband brought down his golf handicap, my two older daughters received significant promotions at work and are very happy in their jobs, my youngest daughter graduated from Yale Divinity School in May and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal church in December and my middle daughter and her partner provided my first grandchild in October! My genealogy business was good as well…two trips to Ireland including a very successful research tour with 15 participants in October, an active lecture schedule and some interesting research (though not on my family). I did get to visit Kinlough in Leitrim, home to my grandmother's family.
I did fairly well keeping up on my blog for three quarters, but I fell short in the fourth quarter. I'll have to work harder on that. It's a wonderful time to be a genealogist or family historian. There was an incredible amount of new information that became available online this year. Not only the 1940 census, but lots of new databases on both Ancestry and FamilySearch. In terms of Irish research, FindMyPast.ie in partnership with Eneclann launched many new databases including the Petty Session Records, Outbound UK Passengers and some military records.
I will again be taking a group to Ireland to research in October of 2013 and hope that you'll consider this opportunity. Registering prior to February 6th will allow you to book additional nights in Dublin at the discounted group rate. This year is a great time to combine a vist to Ireland with research as Ireland is promoting genealogical tourism through Ireland Reaching Out and The Gathering 2013.
I have continued to work on my website to make it easier to navigate. The Mocavo search engine (in the sidebar) is now working allowing you to search on a particular topic to see what blogs have been written. For example, in 2010 I wrote a series on Strategies for Starting your Family History. If you're just starting you might want to review the topics covered there including source citation and evidence analysis. You can also search on specific topics such as health history or Griffith's Valuation. Let me know how this works for you.
If you check out my Store you'll find links (with promotional information) to Amazon, Flip-Pal (scanner) and FlyLeaf Press (publisher of Irish research books). If you are looking for a specific book listed in my store, just click on the item to go directly to one of these sites. You'll also find my lecture schedule on the Calendar page. If your genealogical society or library is interested in a single lecture, or an all day seminar, please contact me. You can also follow me now on Twitter at @DMoughty. I try to focus on #Irish Genealogy, but sometimes will tweet other items of interest to genealogists.
I expect 2013 to be another busy year with lots of new information forthcoming. May you have a happy and healthy New Year with all of your genealogy brick walls falling down.