Weekly Planner: Set a Family History Goal

This month is Family History Month and it’s a chance to re-energize our family history research. Why not give yourself a goal to work towards? We set all kinds of goals in our lives–work benchmarks, getting healthier, financial goals, etc. Just as in other areas, goals are helpful in motivating you into action. Give yourself a deadline for writing that biographical sketch or publishing your family history. Set a financial goal for that dream research trip. Or just set aside time each day to devote to a project, whether it be cleaning out files, or finally compiling that family newsletter you’ve been meaning to get out. Wherever your priority lies, setting a goal is the first step in achieving success. Share your family history goals with us in the comments section below.

6 thoughts on “Weekly Planner: Set a Family History Goal

  1. If you’d like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:


    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version and iCal are available too.

  2. I have three goals for the rest of the year:
    1. Scan all of my family pictures, fix them, and put information on the pictures.
    2. Research families on Ancestry.com.
    3. Interview my father about his life.

  3. My grandmother, Dorothy (maiden name = ?) was Irish – from Belfast as were my 2 Uncles, 1 Aunt and my mother. However, my grandfather was from England – Frederick Abrahall.

    My grandfather was in the RAF when my mother was born in India in 1924, and my mother (Winifred Rachel) served in the (W)RAF during WWII when she met and married my father: (U.S. Army Air Corps) Capt. Eugene George Key.

    PROBLEM: I have been searching in the Ancestry of the UK but cannot find any record of any of the above people.

    My father is gone now, but my mother is still with us but she suffers from dementia so remembers very little of her past life.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for me to find my family’s past?

    My mother still has 2 pieces of silver with the Abrahall ‘hedge hog’ crest engraved on the bottom that, I believe, once belonged to the Royals in Wales.

    Thank you,

  4. The year that I was to turn 70 years old, I identified goals for the next 10 years of my life. One goal was to organize a bus trip to Bishop Hill, Illinois where our Swedish relatives had lived for short periods of time. Twenty-nine cousins and friends took the chartered bus trip. Another goal was to raise money to help maintain the Christian Carlson Barn at the 1900 Farm at the Living History Farm, Urbandale, Iowa. Cousins and friends of barns doubled an annoyomous donor’s $5,000 challenge for a total of $17,000. We celebrated by holding the family reunion at the farm this summer. If time permits, I have set goals for family history books for each line (Arends, Hassebrock, Carlson and Westrum) plus short booklets (Dad and the “B” Farmall and our Homes).

  5. There are only three Frederick Abrahall’s born in England between 1837 & 1920. As two were born in the 20s, that leaves only one, born in 1898 in Shoreditch, which is London, just north of the City. I suggest you try looking for the name on the 1901 census (Ancestry has this if you’re a subscriber) for the surname. Remember that the name may appear with slightly different spellings, including an initial H. Once you have more information on what the family consisted of, you may be able to make better progress.

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