What’s on Your Genealogy Bucket List?

Long before I started blogging, Jill Ball on GeniAus shared “The Bucket List Geneameme.” Alona Tester came across the post and recently shared her own list on “What’s on Your Genealogy Bucket List?”

Like Alona, I’m always up for a geneameme, so here is my current bucket list:

  1. The genealogy conference I would most like to attend is: Federation of Genealogy Societies. I loved the double conference with RootsTech in 2015 and, honestly, if RootsTech doesn’t step up with an advanced session track, I think the FGS conference offers more at this point.
  2. The genealogy speaker I would most like to hear and see is: MANY. I have heard many excellent speakers through the years and many of those more than once. I can’t choose just one or even a few.
  3. The geneablogger I would most like to meet in person is: ANY. This is another tough one. I’ve met quite a few and am always excited to meet a new geneablogger from anywhere.
  4. The genealogy writer I would most like to have dinner with is: Anyone from the New England Historic Genealogical Society. With all of my New England roots, I would thoroughly enjoy the meal.
  5. The genealogy lecture I would most like to present is: NONE. While I occasionally help out and present a talk, I am retired and not running a business.
  6. I would like to go on a genealogy cruise that visits: LOTS OF PORTS IN DENMARK AND SWEDEN.
  7. The photo I would most like to find is: My 2X great grandparents, Charles Stewart and Elida Ann Hicks.
  8. The repository in a foreign land I would most like to visit is: Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Canada, which is foreign since it isn’t in the U.S. PANB is one of my most favorite repositories online and by telephone/email. I would love to visit it in person.
  9. The place of worship I would most like to visit is: St. Dmitry Church in Udol, Slovakia, the church where my ancestors worshiped for many, many years. A few years ago, they had to rebuild the church, but it’s still on my wish list.
  10. The cemetery I would most like to visit is: St. Dmitry Church in Udol. I’ve seen photos of it, but would still like to visit.
  11. The ancestral town or village I would most like to visit is: Three of the same answers in a row – Udol and Hajtovka, Slovakia. They are neighboring villages. I’d also like to visit the Stufflebean ancestral home of Langenlonsheim, Germany.
  12. The brick wall I most want to smash is: the family origins of Loyalist James Astle and his wife, Elizabeth McLane.
  13. The piece of software I most want to buy is: Custodian 4 for Family Historians. I have hesitated because I am afraid it might be too U.K.-centric. My English lines were in the colonies by the mid-1600s so I don’t use any modern British records. It costs £25 and I don’t want to spend the money just to try it out.
  14. The tech toy I want to purchase next is: NONE. I buy what catches my interest or what I really need. I still haven’t jumped into the DNA testing, but might consider it in the future.
  15. The expensive book I would most like to buy is: NONE. I love books and buy them as I want/need them. I do look for discounts, though, when I do buy them.
  16. The library I would most like to visit is: several local libraries in New Brunswick, Canada, hoping to discover hidden, unpublished tidbits about my families. I’d particularly focus on Nelson and Blackville, Sussex and Maugerville.
  17. The genealogy related book I would most like to write is: NONE. I self published a book about my husband’s Williams family that originated in Cumberland County, Virginia. That was 20+ years of research and writing. That was enough for me!
  18. The genealogy blog I would most like to start would be: this one – Empty Branches on the Family Tree, which keeps me plenty busy with new posts every day. I’d have to give up sleeping to write a second blog!
  19. The journal article I would most like to write would be about: NONE. I occasionally write short articles for my local genealogy society, but, as with the lecture question above, genealogy is a hobby, not a business, for me.
  20. The ancestor I most want to meet in the afterlife is: The last question is the toughest and my answer would change over time. I guess it would depend on which brick wall was the most frustrating at the moment I had to answer this. Options: Loyalist James Astle, Mayflower passenger George Soule, any of my Slovak 3X great grandparents to learn about their parents and grandparents since the records begin in the early 1800s, Samuel Scripture, Loyalist Robert Carlisle and wife Catherine and, of course, a number of my husband’s ancestors who frustrate me just as much – Isaac Sturgell, Lawrence Thompson, Frederick Alberty, plus the gazillions of his female ancestors whose maiden names are lost to history.

What’s on your genealogy bucket list?

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