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, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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  1. Excellent and realistic response! College years are liberating to parents!

    Short dictator? LOL. Um, just wait!

    Our 4-year-old granddaughter has a case of Shingles. Extrememe pain in her leg for a week, then rash on one leg. Fooled everybody for awhile. Terrible toll on mom and dad too. Grandma went to help. Pain is gone now, rash remains. She had chicken pox shot as an infant.

  2. Rofl, I loved that “short dictator” description
    too, Elizabeth.

    I’m so glad you’re blogging more because I love your sense of humor. Great post, and good luck with the brainwashing!


  3. Loved this post!! “On the off chance that doesn’t happen…” I was laughing so much that someone came into my office to check on me! Thanks for the chuckle.

  4. Well, life is genealogy in the making. So as long as you are having fun with your daughter, taking a lot of pictures, etc., you’re doing your part. And even when you aren’t doing genealogy, you can be “planning in your head.” My girls are 16 and 19, and they’re still “short dictators” (well, the older one is short, and the younger one never lets her forget it).

  5. What an enjoyable post. Short dictators tend to grow into tall dictators. Neither of mine seems interested in genealogy but then I didn’t start as early as you in the brainwashing effort. Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I’m right there with you when it comes to brainwashing my children into thinking that genealogy is “cool”. Absolutely this is my goal. Their goal is that I don’t embarass them! I found your blog today and really enjoyed reading through it. I’m look forward to reading more in the future.


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