2021 certainly isn't one any of us expected. I don't have to tell most of you that navigating life in a pandemic is challenging, and I and my family weren't immune to the curveballs thrown at us this year. Alongside the hardships, however, I would be lying if I didn't say this has been another great year for genealogy and my professional development and work as a genealogist.
Highlights from 2021:
I appeared as a guest twice on Boston 25 News, once to discuss the Hilaria Baldwin story, the other to talk about my experience with MyHeritage's new animation feature.
I presented 10 times, including at two virtual conferences (New England Regional Genealogical Consortium and IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy).
I completed the ProGen 50 study group, where I was a chat day co-leader.
I completed the course Mother Russia: Research in the Countries of the Former Russian Empire and USSR at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), which finally pushed me to learn how to read Cyrillic.
I completed the course Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy at SLIG Academy.
I completed the course Beyond the Golden Door: Immigrants to the United States of America After 1890 at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).
I completed the course DNA as Genealogical Evidence (Advanced) at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR).
I served as a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) Program Committee.
I reached over 7000 followers on Instagram.
I helped several clients meet their research goals and locate their biological families.
I obtained several new records (especially Lithuania internal passports!), added new branches to my family, met new relatives, and located lost photos of family members.
I'm sure I forgot something, but I'm incredibly proud of all my accomplishments and growth this past year. I already have a lot planned and scheduled for 2022, which I look forward to sharing with everyone soon. Happy New Year!
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