My 3 Words for 2013

I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago! But I was inspired lately by one of my favorite business bloggers, Chris Brogan the CEO and President of Human Business Works and 250+ of his blog readers, to choose three words that would help focus my goals and efforts in any endeavors I have for this year. So my three words with regards to my genealogy in 2013 are:

First – as in “Every Day is Someone’s First Day.” This statement and concept comes from a wonderful blog post Chris wrote on December 12, 2011 when he asked business leaders how were they introducing themselves to new visitors to their blogs and websites. He wanted them to think about how they told their “stories” and were these stories being told in such a way first time visitors felt invited, welcomed, and comfortable to browse and learn at their own pace. In short, “When people feel brought into the fold, they want to stick around.” You know, he is absolutely right! When I think about distant cousins who may discover this blog, or another genealogy hobbyist who may surf in looking for news and information to use with their research, I want them all to stick around and connect with me here! So how do I plan to introduce “First” experiences at Claiming Kin? I launched a “New Here?” page and updated my “About” page on this blog to not only tell my story, but to welcome everyone and direct them to popular posts and topics that may interest them. To keep “first” experiences going strong throughout this year, I will blog more about my genealogy process and share the “stories” behind those processes often via the social networks I use.

Proof – is a fundamental concept in genealogy! As a genealogy hobbyist, I feel compelled to not just be familiar with the five elements of The Genealogical Proof Standard, but really know them and apply them more consistently in my own research. Why is this so important to me? Well, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do just about anything. And regardless to whether I am a hobbyist or a professional in this field, I want my research to be correct. I want other genealogy hobbyists who follow this blog to see research that’s done right. But more importantly, I want the family history that I leave behind for future generations to be factual and true, and the best way to accomplish that is by applying the Genealogical Proof Standards at all times.

Publish – as in writing and self-publishing a couple of new books this year! Internet technology has definitely leveled the playing field with regards to book publishing. Writers today have a variety of software and online resources available to them to publish, distribute, and market books to readers. I remember telling my mom during my young adult years, that I wanted to be a published writer. And though I’m one of the authors of “Invent the Future — READ! Texas Reading Club Manual” that was published statewide in 2000, I think it’s time that I publish a couple of books of my own. One book will be dedicated to my family, and the other will be an ebook for genealogy hobbyists, like me, to enjoy!

Have you set some genealogy goals for yourself this year? Yes?! No?!
Maybe you also feel inspired to choose *three* words that would help focus your goals and efforts with your family research this year. If you are, what three words would you choose? Share those words with me if you like!


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  3. Organize. Verify. Share.
    My goal this year is to Organize all my papers into accessible files. Then I want to make sure my findings are Verified before I pass on this history. I want to Share my findings with my neice, nephew, sons and cousins in an organized history format, hopefully by Christmas 2013. I’m also working on my vintage photos because I want them to be a part of this history that I pass on.


    • DFrostHolt, thank you so much for sharing your 3 words for 2013 with me; I truly appreciate you! Organize. Verify. Share. — excellent words indeed!!

      I’m also very delighted to hear that you are working on a publishing project this year as well . . . woo-hoo! If time allows, please let me know how that project is coming along and what company or service you decided to use for the final product.

      Again, THANK YOU!


    • Clarification. Collaboration. Courage. — Those are some powerful words and attainable too. And likewise, I look forward to seeing you progress and grow throughout 2013 as well. It’s good to know you are a Brogan fan too. He’s great and his “human” approach to every aspect of life is what I enjoy most. Thanks so much for sharing your link for I am on my way to your place to read more . . . again thank you!


  4. Your word “first” conjures up some really original ideas! A “new here?” page sounds like a terrific idea, and I hope you don’t mind if I imitate that! (IF I can figure out my blog’s software…) And explaining more the “story” of the genealogy process is great. I haven’t been doing that enough, probably because I’m afraid peeps will think my process is creaky and primitive (because I do). But you’re right — the point is to welcome and be open, not to “impress.”

    This connects with your second word, “Proof.” I feel the way you do! I went to the first webinar with Myrt and Laura Lorenzana that explained Evidentia, and that’s built on the Genealogical Proof Standard, which I’m trying really to absorb. It’s hard! I hope I can keep up!

    And I admire your dedication to publishing and marketing books! You can be sure that I will read your ebook for genealogical hobbyists. You are such an “upbeat” spirit that I know you will succeed in all of your goals. Cheers!


    • Mariann, I don’t mind you setting up a “New Here?” page at all! Please do for that was one of the suggestions Chris offered in his blog post that I mention in this post. I followed his lead and I must say, that I think my “New Here?” pages was the welcome addition that my blog really needed too!!!

      Thank you so much for your feedback about my post and your support of upcoming endeavors. I have never written a book before, so this whole process is so exciting, and a bit nerve-racking too — LOL! And thank you so much for those wonderful words of praise too!! I appreciate you so much and I look forward to sharing this journey with you and others this year!


  5. Three (3) words that come to mind quickly are: Live love and Laugh, and Make it Stop. But for my genealogy goals: LEARN, in terms of taking a class attending a webinar/workshop. BLINDERS: what race horses wear so they only see the goal and no distractions. My determination to focus on my subjects and stay on topic. and PUBLISH:, to begin a 26 page e-book


    • Learn. Blinders. Publish. — Shelleye I like your three words very much. I see you have desires for writing and publishing this year too . . . This is excellent news indeed! Will your book be genealogy related? I’ve never written an ebook before but I’ve been reading some great how-to guides that have been helpful. So we’ll have to talk about this process more for sure. Thank you for sharing your three words for 2013!


    • Hi Kathleen! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know your thoughts about my goals for 2013. The three words came quickly. The tough part was following Chris’ suggestion ” to look deeper than a single goal, but try to give an entire mindset to contemplate.” You’ve done a fabulous job building your brand around 3 words I really like – Accurate. Accessible. Answers! Again, THANK YOU!


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