Thursday, December 29, 2011


Last December I posted my genealogy plans for 2011 so it's time
to look back and see how I did. My results are posted in red.

1 Continue researching my maternal White, McFarland, Offinger,
and Luick lines.

 Plan: I need to make trips into Boston and find what resources might be
available from the Boston municipal records, and the Boston Public
Library. I also want to search the National Archives records for any
other documentation.

I might take out a World membership from Ancestry for a month or
two to seach for records from Ireland and Germany.

Results: While I haven't made much progress on the other lines, I did
with the White family,with the help of some of my geneablogging friends,
including tracking down the grave of my grandfather and contacting one
of my two uncles by his second marriage.

2. Continue researching my paternal West, Barker, Ellingwood, 
Dunham and other family lines.

Plan: I need to visit the local FHC more oftren than I have in the
past to search for records. Visits are also in order for the NEHGS
and the Massachusetts State Archives. I also need to start making
more use of court records (wills, deeds, etc) in my research.

Continued exploration of the local cemeteries and of the distant cousins
buried there is also on my to do list.

I'd also like to attend the Ellingwood Family Reunion again in August.

Results: While I haven't made it to any of the places I wanted to 
go for research, I did make it into the NEHGS and met Barbara
Poole, and thanks to sister Cheryl  I attended the Ellingwood 
Reunion. I also spent and enjoyed visiting cemeteries in the area
where I found more graves of distant cousins.
3. Break down that John  Cutter West brick wall.

Plan: A series of visits to the town halls and historical societies of towns
here in Plymouth County seems to be the only approach possible to
this mystery. The cemetery visits might also prove useful in this.

Results: Still no luck. Drat, as Randy Seaver would say!

4. Join a local genealogy or history society

Plan: I'm going to join the Historical Society of Old Abington. "Old
Abington" included the present town plus the districts which eventually
became  the towns of Whitman and Rockland, areas in which collateral
branches of my paternal lines lived and also where my brother in law's
family lived. The meetings are four times a year on Sunday which I
should be able to make.

The South Shore Genealogical Society might be doable but they meet
on Saturdays when I am working and the membership link on their
website is not working.  Still, I'll try to join and get to some meetings.

I also want to attend some of the regional genealogy conferences and
perhaps meet some of my genealogy blogger friends.

Results: I still have to follow through on this. Now that I'm a
"gentleman of leisure" time is no longer an issue.

5.Write more.

Plan: Continue blogging and sharing what I find. Maybe publish it in
book or ebook form.

Results: This one I had better results with. My blogging in 2010 was 
down because of heath er...adventures but this year I've done better.
My best year was 2009 with 254 posts and I'm very close to matching
that this year.


Plan: Just do it!!
Results: Working on it!

7. Scan, SCAN SCAN!!

Plan: See Plan #6

Results: See Results #6

All of these are dependent on my health. I planned to get out and do
more this year but my health prevented it for much of the year. So
Priority #1 is to stay healthy this winter so that once the weather
improves I can hit the ground running...well...sort of running....   

Well, I've been lucky and did get out and about a lot this past year!

And above all else, I plan to HAVE FUN doing all of it!

I sure did have fun, and still am! Now on to 2012!


Carol said...

Best part of the whole thing!

"I sure did have fun, and still am! Now on to 2012!"


palib said...

Good job, Bill! Now stay healthy, and have fun searching in 2012!

Pam H