It has been quite a while since I last posted, and this one will be brief! Work and life have been very busy over the last month, so I haven't had any time to devote to genealogy. But things will begin calming down now, and posting a blog note is a good way to get back into things.
It's been about a year (possibly more) since I last sent out for any documents related to my (or any) family history. Before that, I'd often send out for documents in large bunches and spend loads of money at once. For the sake of my budget, but also to keep a steady and manageable research plan, I plan on requesting one document every month related to one of my family members. No more, no less. Considering I have many, many years ahead of me (hopefully) to continue my research, there really isn't a hurry!
So the first record I'm requesting should probably have been the first record I ever requested when I started my research in 2006. I'm forking out some dough to get the long form version of my birth certificate. N.Y. State's processing fees are not cheap. Presently I do have an abbreviated certificate that just lists my name, date and place of birth, and parents. While I highly doubt I will find any new information in my long form birth certificate, I think it's good practice to have the most detailed available primary source that begins my genealogy.