No Time for Genealogy?

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The Occasional Genealogist Planner

Need more time for your own genealogy research?

Are you repeating research becaue you were interrupted?

Do you feel like you repeat research over and over again because you got interrupted before you "finished?"

Have you ever made a big find only to start filing it--- and discover you found that document, just so long ago you forgot?

Do you need more time for your family history research?

Whether you have one or all these problems, you're probably an Occasional Genealogist. You just don't have enough time for your family history.

Or do you?

Occasionl Genealogist: someone obsessed with genealogy but doesn't have enough time for it.

inspiration + organization = success

With The Occasional Genealogist Planner, you get an organizational tool, but you're also getting the inspiration to kick start your planning.

The Planner is flexible to allow you to follow your personal interests and create a plan that works for your research.

It includes suggestions of what to do and how to break it into little bits to fit the time you have available, no matter how much time that is.

The combination of organization and inspiration is what this Planner is all about.


When I launched The Occasional Genealogist Planner for 2018 I was really trying to help any genealogist, but especially Occasional Genealogists, break down genealogy into actionable steps. I wanted them to be able to plan for success without having to spend as much time laying the ground work.

That was a tall order!

This year's Planner has been thoughtfully redesigned. I started with some inspiration of my own. I noticed a few times a year when genealogists could use a little push to either do more genealogy, or reorganize. When I started looking at all these times, it turned out these were almost exactly quarterly times throughout the year, but not the quarters of the calendar.

This edition, the New Year edition, is the big planning edition. But I knew from my own experience that having a lot going on in life usually meant you were excited to plan for New Year's Resolutions, but you'd be giving-up or replanning a month later when real-life set in after the holidays.

So I went to off-set quarters. Launching a planner for January 1st is great as far as the world telling you it's time to plan, plan, plan. But how long do those plans last? As an entreprenuer, I do my plannig mainly in October, before the holidays strike, and that works a lot better.

For a hobby, which is what genealogy is for most of you, you won't do your next year planning in October. But how about February? February can be a bit of a downer. The holidays have ended and you've failed your diet (or whatever over-ambitious resolution you made). What if you then jumped into genealogy?

Bad weather in the winter can also be the perfect time to plan at home when you can't get to the library, archives, or repository. This edition also (not coincidentally) leads up to a really popular time for travel, which could be genealogy travel. Now's the perfect time to get prepared if you're planning summer travel which could involve genealogy or if you want to visit an ancestral homeland.


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What's Included

The 2020 Occasional Genealogist Planner: New Year edition

  • Printable PDF planner pages. That is, a printable, dated, weekly goal planner for February 2020 to April 2020. Plus an undated daily planner page and goal setting worksheets, . This is the "organization" part of our equation.
  • Genealogy project simplified and DNA project simplified. These are core "inspiration" items if you want to break down one of the two most common types of genealogy goals.
  • Checklists & Processes. These are rotating core "inspiration" items. Each edition of the Planner will include a different combination of checklists and/or processes to help you get started faster.
  • Monthly genealogy inspiration. Each month has a different theme to give you a variety of ideas for types of genealogy goals. These themes are also tied into general genealogy whenever possible in case that month isn't an area you need to focus on right now. For example, March is Women's History Month. You may be focusing on finding information about a man and not want to split your focus. The techniques used to find women can be applied to any difficult problem.
  • A small selection of worksheets. This gives you choices without overwhelm and can help you focus on one part of research or improving a skill. These are an "inspiration" option.
  • Motivation. The monthly topics are "dripped" out meaning you can not access them until the first of each month. This gives you a reason to come back to the Planner instead of binging on its contents and then forgetting it exists. Binging and forgetting is what happens to most online memberships, courses, or materials despite the users' best intentions. The Planner is built to help support your resolution to do more genealogy.
  • NEW! The Planner now includes an add-on about planning and organizing topics not related to genealogy. You have a life outside of genealogy, whether you want to or not. If you want to do more genealogy, sometimes you need to organize or optimize something you have to do in your life instead of just organizing your genealogy. This new section includes a growing selection of topics to help you find more time for genealogy by saving time in the rest of your life.
  • A discount on the next edition of the Planner.

You're short on time and want to do more genealogy. Instead of spending your valuable free time figuring out what to do, the Planner gives you ideas. Think of this as a little hand-holding to create a plan with actionable steps. When you have free time, you simply start working on the plan you customized for yourself.

  • If you never have enough time for genealogy...
  • If you always seem to get interrupted before finishing your research...
  • If you don't know exactly what to do when you have some free time...

The Occasional Genealogist Planner is for you!


Jennifer Dondero | The Occasional Genealogist

Who Am I?
Why would you buy this Planner from me?

I'm Jennifer and I'm an Occasional Genealogist. I began my genealogy journey in elementary school. Fast forward almost 30 years and I'm a professional genealogist and have been for over ten years.

Because I started so young, I've probably made every mistake out there and learned the value of following the research process. I've also created a lot of "cheats" when I meant to create "shortcuts."

In 2016 I started taking the concepts I first designed as classes for "Occasional Genealogists" and combined them with my experience as a professional research genealogist and created my blog, The Occasional Genealogist.

This was in the midst of my most occasional season of being an Occasional Genealogist, ever. I had two children under the age of five and my own business to run. Because I was even shorter on time than ever before, I really started thinking about what I needed to do more genealogy. And it couldn't be just any genealogy, it needed to be GREAT genealogy.

I wanted to achieve results like I did for the few years I wasn't an Occasional Genealogist. Searching sites on the Internet can be fun and a mental break, but without following the research process, results are limited. What would it take to do great genealogy in my excessively limited free time?

I actually quickly came up with some ideas that so far have all tested as being useable. The Occasional Genealogist Planner is the core system I've designed.

So why would you buy this planner from me? The concepts behind the Planner have been tested by me, "in the field." I'm an Occasional Genealogist and these are the concepts that result in me doing more GREAT genealogy, despite the interruptions.

From writing the blog, I've heard from other Occasional Genealogists so I've kept the Planner flexible because we're all different as people and all of our research is different, too.

The Planner is meant to save you time by providing ideas (inspiration). It is also designed to keep you organized.

Inspiration + Organization = Success.

I want you to do great genealogy. I know being a genealogist doesn't mean you have loads of free time. You might have very little free time. Evern if you have a decent amount of time for genealogy, life will happen, interuptions happen.

The Occasional Genealogist Planner is meant to help you do great genealogy, despite the interuptions. It'll do this with the simple formula of Inspiration + Organization =  Success.

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