Saturday, July 2, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Genea-Bucket List

Are you ready for Saturday Night, and more Genealogy Fun??  I hope so!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

Knowing that a "Bucket List" is a wish list of things to do before death:

1)  What is on your Genealogy Bucket List?  What research locations do you want to visit?  Are there genea-people that you want to meet and share with?  What do you want to accomplish with your genealogy research?  List a minimum of three items - more if you want!

2)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own (please give me a link in Comments), a comment to this post in Comments, or a status line or comment on Facebook.

Think big!  Have fun!  Life is short - do genealogy first! 

Here's mine:

1)  I really want to visit Wisconsin.  The Ranslow Smith Four Mile Inn is a restored building at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle. Devier Smith grew up in dodge county, Wisconsin, and I need to check newspapers there.  My wife's Leland family migrated from Norway to Dane County, Wisconsin, and I want to visit their old church and look for homesteads there, in addition to visiting the Wisconsin Historical Society.  All of this is planned for our September trip to the FGS Conference in Springfield, Illinois.

2)  I also want to visit the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  This is on the itinerary for September also.

3)  I want to publish books (either digital or paper) for my children, grandchildren, brothers and cousins.  I've done two limited editions myself, but they are out-of-date now.  I also want to publish photo albums (probably digital) for my family. 

4)  I would like to go to every national and regional genealogy conference held during one calendar year.  In the process, I'd like to visit every major regional and national genealogy repository in the same year.  This would be like visiting every major league ballpark in a season.  I'm not sure that I can afford this, and my wife might not approve, but, hey, it's a wish list! 

Okay, I showed you mine, now show me yours!

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Susan Petersen said...

You don't ask for much, Randy!

My list includes: self-publishing a book of the five generations of my Kelly line - beginning with the immigrant brothers who came from Ireland. I've only tracked 2 of the 5 so far.

GeneaResearch trips: Connecticut to learn about my Welch and Conneally lines; Mohawk Valley area/Herkimer NY to see where my Revolutionary War ancestors lived. Add a stop in Blair county, Pennsylvania to see if I can learn the full story of the ancestor who murdered his daughter.

Conferences: attending as many as I can include in my schedule (not retired yet, so time is limited).

I am marking off one item from my list in 2011 and that was to begin my genealogy speaking "career"! That began in March and I'm loving it!

Thanks for the SNGF!

Ed Hamilton said...

1. Move back to Boston so I can take the subway to the NEHGS library.
2. Find out where my great-great grandfather is buried.
3. Put all my wife's New England ancestors into the genealogy program.

I think the last one will take the longest to accomplish.

Unknown said...

Here's mine click!

Genea Droid said...

1. Find my Palatine German ancestor Michael Helmantel in Lancaster county. Next week!
2. Find his home town in Germany this year.
3. Visit Scarborough District in Yorkshire England to fine my Beswick, Burnett, Skelton and Wiseman maternal line for mtDNA research.
4. Visit North Cork county Ireland to research the manorial papers of the Earl of Kingsbury to find out about my Irish catholic Casey, Flynn, Shannahan and O'brien clansmen.
5. Start my ICAPGEN application for mid-south USA region.

Tonia said...

Great topic, Randy! Here's mine.

Jen Smart said...

Here's my list: Thanks!

Frances Elizabeth Schwab said...

I'm cheating a little--my post from Thursday covers a good chunk of my list.

Teicha Hill Mailhes said...

Here's my short list -

Unknown said...

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Linda McCauley said...

My list is here

gophergenealogy said...

My genealogy bucket list and article about this topic posted June 13, 2011can be found at:

. said...

Hey Randy! Good one! Here's a link to my big wish at

Thanks for the challenge:)
Diane the Nut

Pattie said...

Hi Randy!

I hadn't seen your 'Bucket List' when I wrote about mine in August -

I would have given you credit for the inspiration if I had! I just love the Jack Nicholson's movie!