|My first pedigree chart, which I started in 1990. (Home address and phone number are covered with sticky and scratched over.)|
|Slave auction-block and hitching post at Cascine Plantation - Franklin County, NC (taken in July, 2007)|
So.... What will 2012 bring for this researcher? More of the above, because there are still so many questions, unanswered. I renew my commitment to fidelity in sourcing my information, something I didn't know to do in the early years of my research. I will work on creating a better, "just right" (for me) filing and storage system for my hard copies of documents, and I will continue to scan family photos, so that they can be preserved for the future in digital format. I plan to begin participating in "Amanuensis Monday", a Geneabloggers meme, which encourages transcribing and sharing historical documents on the Internet. I'll keep sending the family e-newsletter, even though I sometimes want to stop because I get so little feedback from it. Nevertheless, I will continue, because the work I'm doing is not just for me, it's for ALL of the descendants of my ancestors! I will try to do more to help others in the genealogical community. And, I hope that 2012 will be the year in which I attend my first genealogical conference!
For me, genealogy is not a hobby, at all. It is work - hard work. But it is hard work with a purpose, and for the most part, I do enjoy doing it. Researching my family has it ups and downs. There are long periods of frustration, and brick walls that seem insurmountable, but for me, these are incentives to keep at it. Anyone who knows Renate knows that once I start something, I perservere until it's finished. I guess that means I'm in this for my lifetime, because, as I've learned from many who've been at it for longer than I, researching one's family history is a "job" that never ends!
Happy New Year, and thanks for reading Into the LIGHT, and supporting me in my genealogical quest!