Happy New Year–New Years Resolutions and Your Genealogy

New Year’s Day is the best time to resolve change in your life–These are my resolutions for 2017:

  1. Effective, thoughtful daily study. More than anything this past year has been lack of time to read and study. I have grabbed a bit here and there between assignments. This year I plan to return to my old regimen–at least 1 hour in the morning before breakfast and the day encroaches on my time.
  2. Post on one or more of my blogs–everyday. I collect ideas and references and they stack up waiting a time when I can write about them. And eventually I put them into folders and file them away–even forgetting that I had them. Consider all of the political opposition and opposing sides on almost everything. Petitions of Opposition with 10,000 signatures, 20,000 signatures. These are important sources today and in the past, often filling in persons who do not appear in other pro-documents. The opposition may include your ancestor or mine and this is why we haven’t found them before.
  3. Write a new Blog–Be of Good Cheer! This blog is strictly for my benefit, and I invite you all to check it out. During my college years and for a while after, I ended all of my correspondence with Cheers! from Arlene. I’d like to do it again. And I would like to share with all of you my belief in America, my church, my family, and my life–in that order. So I guess that this new blog will be more personal and a bit more private
    than  others. I intend to walk with more gratitude in the month of January and move optimistically into 2017 and beyond.

Outside there is a blizzard raging, with snow and wind blowing the snow horizontally. This is a repeat of the conditions Christmas Eve into Christmas Day. This storm was predicted for last night and we waited all day thinking it wouldn’t happen. Wow! in the middle of our drought we have had dense fog coating all of the trees and foliage with a thick layer of frost. The kind that glistens in the sun light. The sun appeared as a full moon, round and white.

So I invite you to join with me in sharing not only the genealogy sources, knowledge, and strategies that will help you to break your losing streak on hard-to-find ancestors
…and also my philosophy of genealogy and its evidence of ancestors
…and how glad I am to be an American with British roots, mostly Welsh
…and how we can put aside our stress, knowing that it and us are in the Lord’s hands and that everything will work out for the best.

Happy New Year! Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle  http://arleneeakle.com

PS Many thanks for an interesting and thought provoking 2016, however stressful.



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