I know that the June 30 x 30 challenge ended just a month ago. It was so beneficial for my research that I’m challenging myself to an August 30 x 30 challenge.
As I wrote at the end of June, the commitment of researching daily–and the habit I was starting to get into–really helped move my research along. It kept me in touch with my ancestors and completely eliminated the “what should I work on?” overwhelm that used to plague me at the beginning of the session.
On July 1 I finished transcribing the massive Civil War pension file of my 2nd great grandfather, George Washington Adams (1845-1938). That was a great accomplishment, but it meant that my go-to project–the one I could just work on without a single thought of what I should on–is off my plate. But I have all the “next steps” I’d recorded in my research log to refer to when I’m trying to decide what to work on. So I’m feeling guided and focused.
After researching for 30 days in a row in June, I was able to continue my daily research through July 9. That’s when I headed to visit my father in Washington state and discovered on the way that he had fallen. I stayed there two weeks, and did get in some research, but my daily routine was so disrupted that researching every morning was out of the question.
So here it is August 1. I am challenging myself to completely 30 minutes of daily research for 30 days in a row. And I challenge you to join me. Let me know if you’re in!
I know that the commitment will motivate me to get out of bed earlier so I can complete my research before the rest of my day begins. And I know that my genealogy research will benefit. I’m excited to see where the month will take me!