Top 7 Things On My Genea-Bucket List

Randy Seaver has come up with a great challenge for this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun:

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!

So, with that in mind, here are the top seven genealogy things I really want to do before I kick it.

  1. Do research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  No explanation necessary.
  2. Attend IGHR (Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research) at Samford University.
  3. Do research at the DAR Library in Washington, DC.
  4. Establish documented proof of descent from each of my Revolutionary War ancestors.
  5. Have all my genealogy in a format that will last, be that paper, digital, or something that hasn’t been invented yet.
  6. Arrange to leave all my research to a repository.
  7. Trace every line back 10 generations (I have holes starting at seven generations now).

There are a lot of other things that I *might* want to do, but these seven are the must-dos.

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  1. says

    I like #7. My family tree is very unbalanced. I have a few lines going back 13 or so generations, but I still have one gap in my great great grandparents! Lately I’ve been trying to focus more on filling these gaps and less on moving further and further back.
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  2. says

    Oh, I especially like #s 5 and 6. It’s a fair question whether paper or digital will be the longest-lived preservation source, or whether something new will evolve. So I notice you’re doing all of the above, plus archives. Sounds good!

    I’d like to trace all my lines back to the original emigrants from Europe. (I guess that would be 10 generations in many/most cases.)

    It’s a great thing to think about, because genealogical research seems endless. At least here we have a goal that may precede “kicking.” Thanks for your post!
    Mariann Regan´s last blog post ..Found. Now, Contact?


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