Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Genea-Bucket List

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

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, a status line or comment on Facebook, or a Google+ Stream post.

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

Here's mine:

1)  The ancestral family history place that I want to visit is South Petherton, Somerset, England.  My VAUX family came from there in about 1840, immigrating to Erie County, New York.  I've been fortunate that several Vaux cousins have done quite a bit of research there and have defined the ancestral families very well.  But there's no substitute for walking in places that you ancestors walked, worshipped and are buried.

2)  I need to visit the New England Historic Genealogical Society again.  I last visited there in 1997 (I think!) and have found many more New England ancestors since then.  I especially want to delve into the manuscript collection.  I want to discuss my Thomas Newton and Hannah Smith brick wall problems with the experts.  

3)  I want to publish books about my ancestors (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  I've done two limited editions myself, but they are out-of-date now.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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Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Eileen said...

My bucket list for this week's Saturday Night Fun has been posted to my blog at

GeneGinny said...

Interesting challenge, Randy. Not something I've really thought much about.

Charlie Purvis said...

My "bucket list" is posted here -

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

My bucket list is here: Fun! I could have done five!

Anonymous said...

I accepted this mission! Here is the link to my post:

Carrie Smith said...

Wonderful challenge! :) Here's mine

Yvette Hoitink said...

My bucket list:
* Become Certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists
* Attend a lecture by Elizabeth Shown Mills and Thomas W. Jones in person
* Attend a genealogy institute in the US
* Speak at an NGS conference in the US
* Write an English book about genealogy in the Netherlands
* Visit the Salm-Salm archive in Anholt, Germany for research on some of my paternal ancestors who were serfs in the Netherlands on farms belonging to German monasteries.
* Find out the truth about a dubious paternity situation in my tree
* Find out how my friend Mary and my mom are related (they share DNA but we haven't found a shared ancestor).
* (Re)Visit Dutch settlements in the US: Sheboygan, WI; Pella, IA; Holland, MI
* Visit the Allen County Public Library
* Visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City

Since I am Dutch and live in the Netherlands, and many of these are US-centric, it may take me a few years :-)

Diana Ritchie said...

Glad I'm not the only Monday entry! Mine is at Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Thanks Randy - I really enjoyed this one!!

GeniAus said...

This takes me back to my geneameme in 2012.

I wonder how many of the folk who responded have ticked some items off their lists?