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Power-Up SIG Notes: Holiday To-Do List

The holiday season is a family-rich time of year, making this a primo opportunity to ask questions, copy photographs, swab DNA tests and otherwise make a little progress on our genealogy research!  But it only works if you know the questions, have a DNA test kit ready, and remember to bring a scanner or cell phone!  So let’s get planning…

    • Opportunities
      • Who will you be seeing in the next couple of months?
        • Do you have questions for them?
        • Do you want to record interviews?
        • Do you want to ask them to take a DNA test?
        • Is this the time to get those cool 4-generation photos?
        • Do they have photos or other records or memorabilia you’d like to get digital images of?
        • Do you have any unidentified photos you’d like them to look at?
        • Do you have anything for them, such as written profiles, thumb drives of digital images, photo books, pedigree charts or printed trees?
      • Will you be traveling?
        • Will you be near any cemeteries or repositories?
        • Will you be near any sites that you’d like photos of (old houses, schools, churches, etc)
        • Will you be near any Facebook friends or others that you could stop and meet in person?
      • Will you be sending holiday cards or gifts?
        • Do you want to include any forms to request information?
        • Do you want to include any family history gifts?
      • Will anyone ask you for a gift list?
        • Are there any genealogy reference materials you’d like?
        • Perhaps a subscription to a new website?
        • Membership in a genealogy society
        • Maybe a trip to a genealogy conference?
        • Some archival boxes for your treasures?
    • Calendar
      • Event dates
      • Shipping dates
      • Ordering lead times (printing a photo book, getting a DNA kit)
    • To-Do List!
      • Tasks
      • With due dates
      • And priorities