Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:
1) What was your best research achievement in 2014? Tell us - show us a document, or tell us a story, or display a photograph. Brag a bit! You've earned it!
2) We all have elusive ancestors. What research problem do you want to work on in 2015? Tell us where you want to research and what you hope to find.
3) Put the answers in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.
1) I think my best research achievement was tracking down the Elizabeth Dill birth record in the Eastham, Massachusetts town records. This was a challenge, because it wasn't where the finding aid (the IGI Batch number) told me it was. I blogged about the records and the problem in Searching for Elizabeth Dill's Birth Record in Eastham, Massachusetts Records (3 November 2014) and about the solution in Crowd-Sourcing Works Again! Finding Elizabeth Dill's Birth Record in Eastham, Massachusetts Records ((4 November 2014).
Here is the record I found (with help from my readers):
2) In 2015, I want to work more on the Thomas J. Newton research challenge I have. He was probably born in Maine, married Sophia (Buck) Brigham in eastern Massachusetts, fathered two children who say they were born in Vermont. I have ONE record with his name on it - a town paupers list in 1832 in the Westborough, Mass. town records. There must be another record somewhere in New England!! You can read my "biography" of Thomas J. Newton in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 31: #38 Thomas J. Newton (ca 1800 - ????) (1 August 2014).
I need to do more research in Massachusetts probate, land records and town records, focusing on Worcester and Middlesex Counties. I also need to focus on Lamoille County, Vermont, where the two children of Thomas J. Newton were probably born - again, probate, land and town records may hold some answers.
This is important to me - he may be my 3rd great-grandfather, and he might not be. I need to find proof of the father of my second great grandmother, Sophia (Newton) Hildreth (1834?-1923), and then flesh out his ancestry. This is one of the biggest "blank spots" in my family tree. It's not the only one in the 4th great-grandparents generation.
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