Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:1) What was your best research achievement in 2016? 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 2017? 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) My best research achievement in 2016 was finding many of the extended family members of Elizabeth Auble (1814-1899) after receiving her will in an Ancestry Hint. She was the sister of my 2nd great-grandfather, David Auble, and through this will I added four more siblings to my database, and identified many Auble line relatives. I wrote about this in a series of blog posts:
* Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 1: Finding Elizabeth's Will (25 April 2016).
* Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 2: Transcription of Elizabeth Auble's Will (28 April 2016)
* Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 3: Identifying Elizabeth Auble's Heirs (29 April 2016)
* Making Progress on My Auble Cousins -- Post 4: The William Auble Challenges (3 May 2016)
* Making Progress on My Auble Cousins -- Post 5: The Sophia Auble Challenges Part 1 (5 May 2016)
* Making Progress on My Auble Cousins -- Post 6: Solving the William Auble Challenge (6 May 2016)
* Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 7: Sophia Auble's Descendants (10 May 2016)
* Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 8: Nathan Auble's Descendants (17 May 2016)
* Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 9: Was Sarah Auble Elizabeth's Sister? (24 May 2016)
* Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 10: The Strubles (10 June 2016).
2) For 2017, I anticipate adding to my RootsMagic database using information found online and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City in February. In the process, I may get a breakthrough on a brickwall ancestor, or perhaps another researcher will find my blog posts and be able to extend one or more lines.
I don't anticipate being able to travel much to do onsite research in 2017 due to my and Linda's health and mobility limitations. We will go to RootsTech in Salt Lake City in February and to the Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank in June, and perhaps fit in a cruise in the fall.
In the future, I want to return to Massachusetts again to do onsite research, especially at the NEHGS and in local libraries, historical societies and cemeteries. I want to go to southern Ontario to do onsite research on my Kemp and related lines. I also want to visit northern New Jersey to try to find information about my Auble and Knapp and related lines.
Copyright (c) 2017, Randall J. Seaver