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The holidays always get me even more reflective than usual, which is pretty hard to do for such an analytical person as myself. I was thinking the other day: in terms of my genealogy research , what would be my dream find or dream occurrence?

Of course, like all of you, you know there’s not just one. But here’s my list of what I would consider the answer to my genealogy dreams:

  1. To discover where and when the slaveowner Giles Holt acquired my ancestor, Malinda.
  2. To discover anything about the Georgia roots of my ancestor John Smith (arrgghhhh).
  3. To connect with any living descendants of my John Smith and Walter Springer lines (beyond the very few that I personally know.)
  4. To find out where, and possibly find the headstone of, my ggrandfather Daniel G. Waters.
  5. To find a picture of my ancestor Margaret Barnes.
  6. For closed record states not to exist.
  7. For the ability to order FHC microfilm online, instead of having to go there in person.
  8. For the Social Security Administration to have mercy on us po’ struggling genealogists, and cut us a discount on those SS5s.
  9. For me to not have to still work full-time, and be able to spend all day researching, transcribing, compiling & meeting with my genealogy buddies.
  10. For the fires that destroyed the 1890 census and the bulk of 20th century Army records to not have happened!
  11. For more interest on the part of family members in preserving our precious family history.
  12. For my two grandparents, Luther Holt & Pauline Waters, to magically come back to life so I could actually interview them about their families. Hey–we are dreaming right?

I also read an intriguing article in the NGS Magazine where the President called upon us to make a list of our genealogy goals for the year. So, while my dreams at the moment remain only that, I’d like to share my tangible goals for the year as well:

  1. Publish at least 3 articles about my family in various journals and newsletters.
  2. Finish adding complete source citations to my genealogy software program & my Ancestry online family trees.
  3. Distribute the documented family history on at least 3 of my lines to the Library of Congress, the archives of that line’s state, the public library of the county and the county’s historical society. My descendants will find my work!
  4. Contribute at least 3 bodies of work to the genealogical community to help others–abstracts, transcriptions, compilations, etc.
  5. Continue to meet and encourage others to research & especially to publish our histories.

So…what are YOUR genealogy dreams and goals?

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