Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Predictions for Czech Genealogy Research in 2014

I'm back! Woohoo! What a great start to the year! I'm so excited to continue researching, writing, and learning about genealogy.

Here are my predictions for what will happen in the world of Czech genealogy research in 2014:

  • The current Czech indexing project on familysearch.org will be completed
  • Czech census records will begin to be indexed on familysearch.org
  • Moravian parish records will begin to be indexed on familysearch.org
  • Previously hidden Czech records will resurface from Polish archives
  • There will be better communication and collaboration between the various regional and district archives in the Czech Republic
  • Czech military records will become digitally available
  • Austro-Hungarian newspapers will become digitally available
  • Passport applications of Austro-Hungaria will become digitally available

Here are my predictions for changes in the genealogy world in general in 2014:

  • Texas will probably enact laws restricting access to death records
  • OCR technology will expand to handwriting analysis and impact indexing in a major way
  • Changes in the interface to familysearch.org will greatly increase the speed at which records are indexed
  • NGSQ and other major genealogical journals will publish articles where DNA evidence plays a major role in determining identities and relationships

And for good measure, since predictions are sort of like goals, here are some of my own personal genealogy-related goals for 2014:

  • Publish on this blog daily
  • Continue client research
  • Volunteer at the Iowa Genealogical Society
  • Volunteer as a Family History Consultant 
  • Continue professional development
  • Become a Board Certified Genealogist (moving really threw a curve-ball in that plan last year!)
  • Network with others who have similar research goals and interests
  • Continue to write and possibly publish a book or an article? Hmm...






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