As we prepare to say farewell to another year, The Accidental Genealogist is ready to close the curtains on 2016 and review highlights from the 12 months, while looking ahead to new goals and more genealogy and writing adventures in 2017!
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In my end of year post for 2015, “No Looking Back: Why I’m Choosing Myself in 2016,“ I wrote about how I planned to “choose myself” in 2016 and focus on some specific areas:
- Downsizing my physical living space and possessions.
- Choosing work that fulfills me rather than just taking on any project or doing work for little or no payment, or that doesn’t fit my current business model.
- Focusing more on my own writing (including more posts to this blog) and self-publishing
- Expanding my work inspiring genealogists and family history writers by offering more personalized instruction through online courses and virtual learning experiences.
- Making more time for personal genealogy research and for enjoying life.
- I published two books, one on Polish, Czech, and Slovak Genealogy, and the other based on my Fearless Females Blogging Prompts Series I host on this blog every March.
- I also worked on two special issues for Internet Genealogy (one on using Google, which I did solo, and one on Organizing Your Genealogy, with my friend and colleague, Denise Levenick, aka The Family Curator). I also continued to be a regular contributor to Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today, and Family Tree Magazine.
- I have been writing and developing a series of courses on Eastern European Genealogy Research for The National Institute for Genealogical Studies (look for announcements about this project in 2017).
- I traveled to California, Florida, Utah, Pennsylvania, Illinois, various places in New York, and more to deliver genealogy lectures at national and local conferences.
- I also presented webinars for Legacy Family Tree (including a special series on my favorite writing software, Scrivener), and for numerous societies and online genealogy boot camps. I continued my work as an online instructor with Family Tree University and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.
One of my favorite jobs during 2016 was as a genealogy and writing coach.
- I worked with aspiring family history writers through two sold out sessions of The Write Stuff Genealogy Writing Intensive online workshop (in partnership with my friend and colleague, Thomas MacEntee over at HackGenealogy). And we are about to start a new sold out session on 2 January 2017!
- I joined the team at GenealogyDOTCoach to help coach those who need help starting their genealogy research or breaking down brick walls in their current family history work.
- There were other projects as well, making 2016 a year with plenty to do!
Unfortunately, my own genealogy research was mostly put on hold, but I did make time to search some new online record sets and investigate the possibility of connecting with newly found cousins through DNA matches and contact through social media.
Onward to 2017
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Copyright 2016, Lisa A. Alzo