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New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday season. We're now in a tough time of year, the holidays are over and we are all feeling bloated and tired from all the fun we had. The pressure is on to start this new year with resolutions.  I usually love morning talk shows like The Today Show and The View, but these past 2 days I've been hit over the head with resolutions for health, exercise, and organization inspiration. They really know how to make you feel bad about your eating and exercise habits. I don't usually make new years resolutions, do you?

This year I've decided to make a list of goals for my genealogy pursuits of 2012. Staying organized and on top of all the different aspects of tracing my family tree is a challenge. Some of the most interesting and exciting parts of the pursuit can be pushed aside and forgotten with every new lead or uncovered story. So hopefully as the year goes on you'll find follow ups and items being checked off this list. Not to mention many intriguing stories, new friends, and revelations along the way!

- Continue the Daughters of the American Revolution application process, I'm still on the very first step. (2 months and still no response...)

- Take a trip to Greenwood (Knights of Pythias Cemetery) in Philadelphia, PA to visit the Wright plot and have a grave marker added.

- Research the family table that was passed down to me and get it checked out by an expert to authenticate the family history timeline started by my gg grandmother.

- Organize my grandfather's papers and medals from WWII.

- Unfortunately I won't be able to make the reunion of the 324th Infantry in September, so I hope to schedule a time to skype with the group to hear their stories and share my grandfathers pictures.

- Take a trip the Pennsylvania Archives in Philadelphia to get birth/marriage/death certificates for Grimm, Nolen, Snyder, and Wright families.

- Preserve my Franks family daguerreotypes. 

- Take a trip to Bordentown, NJ to meet my long time pen pal and fellow Wright researcher Sue. We share a very elusive ancestor, Joel Wright (b.1782 d. 1854), and he has been driving us crazy for years. I hope 2012 is the year we will break through this brickwall. 

Well there you have it, I'd LOVE to check all of these off by the end of 2012.

Thank you to everyone who read and supported my blog in 2011! I am so thankful for all of you who commented, got in touch, and shared stories to help me conquer my pursuits. A major goal of this blog is to chart my course through genealogy, history, and it's impact on my life. But hearing from YOU has been, by far, the most rewarding part of it all. Thank you and cheers to a fantastic 2012!

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Reader Comments (3)

Happy New Year too! :) More power to your blog!

Jan 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheap Flyers Printing

Hello, I am researching the Black family name and see Mary Black and Francis Black in the Wright household in the 1850 census. Mary Black is my GGG Grandma and Francis is my GG Grandpa. Is Mary Black -Joel and Harriet's daughter?

Mar 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterDIANE

Hi Diane! Yes, from my research Mary Black (nee Wright) is the oldest child of Joel Wright and Harriet (believe her maiden name is Potts). I descend from Mary's brother Joseph Kirkbride Wright. He is my GGG grandfather. What a small world! A researcher I've worked with is also a descendant of Mary Black. I'll send you an email with more information! So happy you found me!

Mar 31, 2012 at 10:39 AM | Registered Commenterabbyb

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