With family group sheet in hand, I nervously reviewed my 2011 resolutions. Not as bad as I thought - whew!
2012 offers new opportunities to make check marks on my genealogy to-do list. Look out family tree, I'm getting serious about climbing you this year! With weekly encouragement from my Success Team partner Jenny, I
1.) Attend at least one out-of-state genealogical conference or convention.
2.) Focus my research on 12 direct-line surnames; Clarin, Clarke, Gury, Landstrom, Littrell, Mangels, Mueller, Peterson, Schmitt, Thompson, Tolf, and Walton. Start by organizing the surname-related computer files, manila folders, family group sheets, and pages on my web site.
3.) Answer the following burning questions:
- Did Esther give birth to the Clarin/Mangels child I recently located? Was her divorce from Gustave really as public as family stories suggest?
- From what country did the Maryland Clarkes originate?
- Who is the child that accompanied Marie-Anne Gury and her children from France to Cincinnati?
- When (and at which port) did Augusta Landstrom arrive in America?
- From what country did the Virginia Littrells originate?
- What did the inquests into Herman Friedrich Carl Mangels and Frank Mangels' deaths reveal?
- In which Swiss town was Jacob Mueller born? Were Otto Mueller and his wife Alvina Schmitt really cousins?
- Where did Maria Fredericka Peterson's sisters settle after leaving Sweden?
- What were the circumstances around Elizabeth Schmitt's divorce from Anton Bidenharn and marriage three days later to Jacob Mueller?
- Where did Peter Thompson die and where is he buried? Was his daughter really institutionalized so her husband could obtain a divorce?
- At which American port did James Walton and his parents end their voyage from the Isle of Man?
5.) Honor the relationship between genealogy and scrapbooking: Scan and digitize old photos. Preserve hard copies of pictures. Archive online photos off-site. Organize, label and safely store slides and negatives. Share pictures with relatives. Assemble heirloom photo albums.
6.) Share (and create more) family history with my glorious grandchildren.
Every one of my goals interests and excites me. 2012 could be a great year for my family and me. I hope yours is even better. Happy New Year!