Sunday, January 01, 2012


It's time once again for those of us looking into the past to look into our
future. So here are my genealogy goals and my plans on how to achieve

1.Work more on my maternal lines
Plan: Try to get into Boston and find the divorce record for my Mom's parents,
Send away for my McFarland grreat grandparents death certificates and any
other documents which might definitely establish their place of birth

2.Continue researching my paternal lines

Plan: I'm hoping to have the Ellingwood collateral lines done by midyear and
continue working on the others. The more recent Barker, Dunham and Coburn
lines in particular. As in last year, I need to get out more to the NEHGS and the
local Family History Center. And I still haven't made it into the Mass State Archives!
The trips to the local cemeteries have turned up family connections so I'll be
continuing those. I also hope to attend the Ellingwood Reunion again this year.

3. Break down that John Cutter West brick wall!
Plan: Same as last year: "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."

4. Join a local genealogy or historical society.
Plan: I'm ashamed to say I still haven't done this. I hope to change that soon. Work
schedule is no longer an obstacle.

5. Continue with Find A Grave activities
Plan: Get back to visiting the local cemeteries, taking pictures and posting them to
Find A Grave. This is a bit hindered right now by my lack of transportation but I
hope to have that taken care of by the end of this month.

6. Trim My Tree
Plan: I am paying the price of heedless gedcom downloads from PAF from when
I was a clueless newbie ten years ago, Multiple entries for one person and more
remote ancestors of dubious connections need to be removed. I made a start of this
in 2011 and must continue do so. The flip side of this is to be more vigilant in
adding new names and remember to cite sources.

7. Write more.
Plan: Continue blogging and try to equal if not surpass my output of 2011. I had
248 posts on West in New England, and 42 on The Old Colony Graveyard Rabbit.
I enjoy sharing the stories that I've discovered in my research.

8. Organize, Organize, ORGANIZE!!
Plan: Same as last year: JUST DO IT!

9. Scan, scan, SCAN!
Plan:  See #8

Last year I said that a lot of what I would accomplish would depend on my health.
This year I'm happy to say I don't see my health as an obstacle. Transportation has
been a problem for the past few months but I'm hoping to have Ping the Wonder
Car back on the road soon.

But as it has been in previous years, my biggest goal in my genealogy research is
to keep having fun with it!


Marian Pierre-Louis said...

I'm with you on so much of this, Bill! Especially number 6, that's why I'm starting over. I look forward to reading your posts. We can commiserate as we make progress. Happy New Year!

Cheryl Cayemberg said...

Oh, Bill, I so understand #6! I'm trimming my tree too!