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Journaling in July Challenge – Day 2

July 2, 2019

Sue from SizzlingTowards 60 & Beyond and Deb from Deb’s World have put out the challenge to bloggers to join in their Journaling in July Challenge challenge. Sue and Deb are not genealogy or family history bloggers.  Their blogs focus on lifestyle issues as they relate to the midlife experience.  I mainly follow lifestyle bloggers on my other blog Next Phase In Fitness & Life . However I plan to join Sue and Deb in the July Challenge on this blog, as I feel their prompts will help to build up a story about myself that will be useful in creating my family story.

As I look at the prompts, and how they apply to me and to my life, I can see that some will be short posts and others much longer, some posts may even be just bullet points. I’d love you to take a look at Sue’s post for further information about the challenge.

Here in Central Victoria, July is usually one of the coldest months of winter, so as I will probably be spending more time indoors than usual, I plan to spend extra hours working on my blogs. This challenge fits in perfectly with that plan.

Message from Sue: Here is the list of topics and I do hope that you will have some fun and enjoy this ‘challenge’ for July. Remember NO PRESSURE, some days you may find inspiration from the prompt and want to write and other days you won’t. I would also love to hear your feedback and perhaps you have some topics you could add to the list going forward.

July Journal prompts



I have so many dreams and goals as they relate to different areas of my life. I have goals for my health and fitness, goals for living a great life, goals for my garden, goals for travel and so much more. I often write about goals on my fitness and life blog. But for this post I will concentrate on my dreams and goals for my family history and it’s research.  Again, there are so many that come to mind, so I will just mention a few.


  • To continue meeting unknown cousins who contact me through my blog or through matching DNA results
  •  Organise family reunions for two branches of my family
  • Have a headstone erected on my great grandparents graves – TAYLOR
  • Visit Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales where my TAYLOR/LLOYD great great grandparents were born
  • Visit Bedfordshire, England, the birthplace of my great great grandfather THOMAS WATERS
  • Visit Glenshiel in the Scottish Highlands where my Morrison family originated from
  • Attend Rootstech in Salt Lake City again
  • Write and publish the Waters and Taylor family history books


  •  To learn more about DNA so that my family history research can get the most benefit from the results of my DNA test
  •  To update my genealogy files on Legacy, adding extra information not yet added
  •  Digitise photos and all accumulated files and information
  •  After digitising files, distribute the originals to libraries and societies to ensure they are not lost after I’ve passed away
  •  Make a plan for my genealogy research after my life is over. Is there anyone in the family to take it on? I’m not sure that there is.
  •  Attend at least one, and preferably two genealogy conferences each year
  •  Visit cemeteries of my ancestors in Australia
  •  Find immigration records for Thomas WATERS and for John and Martha TAYLOR and children. (surely they didn’t swim to Australia!)

If you feel that this challenge is something that would be useful to your family history, do join me.  Please leave me a comment if you intend to join so that I don’t miss any of your posts.

Do you have dreams and goals for your family history? I’d love to hear about them and promise to reply to all comments.

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  1. What great goals you have listed Jennifer! I love that you are using this predominantly for family history purposes and I really enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Great goals Jen and I can see how you felt that #JournalinginJuly could be adapted to your family history site. Your dreams would be wonderful to make reality wouldn’t they? x

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