Thursday, March 8, 2012

Behind but Marching On - To Do List for March

The month is one quarter over and I've only just decided on what I hope to accomplish in March! I'm late, I'm late!

My to do list:
  • Scan and transcribe the rest of Ellis Bickerstaff’s Civil War Pension File. I thought it would work to scan a little every month but this file has become a monkey on my back. If I do only a document or two each month I would still be at it next year at this time. So this month I'm going to dive into the project and do as much as I can.
  • Post one book review. I've already posted an article about The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women. Because this book is so descriptive of the physical, cultural, and financial environment of the United Kingdom in the early 1800s, I think that if one has ancestors from that time period and location, the time reading it will be well-spent.
  • Rename and organize at least one batch of photographs. I tell myself to just keep working on this project and it will eventually get done.
  • Update and publish one surname variations post for Surname Saturday. I've always searched without a written list, trying to remember all the ways I've seen a surname spelled. I think having a the variations on a written list will allow me to make better use of my search time.
  • Publish 4 posts for 1940 U.S. Census Ambassador.
  • RootsMagic. This is another monkey. I don't know what my problem is but I need to just do it. I tend toward perfectionism but there are some tasks and projects that I know won't come out perfectly no matter how much time or effort I spend on them. I am persuading myself that imperfection is not usually a life or death situation. If I don't get things right in RootsMagic the first time, they can be changed, removed, improved. I just have to do it.
  • Watch/listen to at least one webinar or other educational program; read at least one Skillbuilders article


  1. These are great goals, Nancy. And you're not late--you've just given it a lot of thought, is all! Good decision to just dive in and tackle that pension file. I have one I really should take off the back burner. And I like your idea of a surname variations post. Best wishes for a rewarding March!

  2. Yikes! I'm so impressed you have a list :)

  3. Nancy,
    I may have mentioned this before. Every time I see you mention the name
    "Bickerstaff", I wonder about that name. I think I may have told you that I have "Bickerdykes" in my family. It makes me wonder about the basis for that surname.


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