For tonight’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF), Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings asks these hard-hitting questions about our Ultimate Genealogy Goal (UGG):

What is your UGG – your “Ultimate Genealogy Goal” – for the genealogy research that you wish to leave to your heirs, descendants, and the genealogy community?

How long do you think you have have left to fulfill this ultimate goal?

Are you prioritizing your time adequately in order to achieve this goal?

If not, what should you do to achieve the goal?

Will you do what you need to do?

My absolute, #1, Ultimate Genealogy Goal is to brainwash my daughter to the point that she thinks genealogy is SO COOL (her newest expression) that she wants to learn everything she can about it, memorize at least 12 generations of her pedigree chart, and pass what she knows on to her her children and grandchildren and so on and so on and so on. She will not only transfer her C.A.R. membership to DAR, but will also file supplementals on all known Patriots of both her father and I, plus whatever new ones she finds herself. She will assume my place as the family archivist and historian, until such time as her children are ready to take over, and our family history will never be lost.

But… on the off chance that that doesn’t happen…

My other goal is to write and publish a detailed family history of my surname, my paternal and maternal families, and possibly my husband’s families. I dream big.

I’m 40- [mumble, mumble] something now, and I think I’ve still got most of my marbles. If all goes well, I should have another good 30-35 (maaaaaaybe 40) years left on the clock. I hope.

Prioritizing? Hardly. I’ve got a 3-year old. The short dictator decides what will get done each day, and sometimes I feel like I don’t get a vote. My to-do list seems carry over, day after day, with hardly anything getting crossed off. I think it breeds at night, while I’m asleep.

I hope that once my daughter gets a little older, I’ll have a bit more time to work. But it could be a good 15 years (possibly half of my “time left”) before that happens, especially if we decide to stick with homeschooling. Maybe once she’s in college I’ll finally have the time I need. Nah.

Will I do what I need to do? Yeah, maybe. Sure. I think so. It might take a while, but hopefully I’ll get ‘er done.

In the meantime… let the brainwashing continue!

Copyright © Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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