Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Jo in Melbourne is doing 43 things including…

Research my family tree

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Jo has written 2 entries about this goal

I have made some progress on this one.

Just a little bit. I decided on the software I will use – My Heritage’s Family Tree Maker. I was just about to fork out a bunch of money on some software that was not nearly as user-friendly and functional as this one. And this one is free!

I have also started to fill it with all the basics. I only have 2 great great grandfathers (both on my Mum’s side) and that’s as far back as I have been able to get.

Next step is starting to do a little research…

This was not as simple as I was hoping it would be

I could not find the old family tree I made ages ago. Then I re-downloaded the software I remember I used to start that tree (GenoPro), which is no longer free and then wouldn’t let me save the project or register for a demo (it was supposed to email a key to my email address, I tried 3 different addresses and waited ages for them to arrive) after I had put about 50 people in. I certainly would not buy it if I can’t even view the demo. And I really can’t afford it anyway.

Then I looked around at some of the online things;,, Rootsweb, etc… It all looks a bit non-intuitive and tedious. Plus you never know with those things, once you have invested a fair bit of time investigating them you find yourself trapped into paying for features, etc…

Plus, I like a nice visual map.

I won’t give up and say ‘not worth it’ just yet though. Perhaps if I find some more time and can be more patient?...

Jo has gotten 2 cheers on this goal.


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