1. Find my maternal great grandmother (MARY KILPATRICK STILL) on a passenger list from Ireland to the USA.
2. Obtain the naturalization records for my paternal great grandfather (PANKO HRUSZCZAK).
3. Locate the burial location of PANKO (see #3) and BESSIE MATYZ HRUSZCZAK's first child -- THEODORE. Pank and Bessie had a son Theodore in 1916 but he died tragically in 1918 perhaps. I say perhaps because their third son (also THEODORE) was born in 1918 or 1919. My grandfather (JOSEPH) was born in 1917 and is the one who told me the story of how Bessie was cooking Easter lunch. She set the pot of boiling water on the floor and Theodore was just starting to crawl and scalded himself to death. I know Theodore (the baby) was NOT buried with the rest of the family at our church cemetary - HOLY GHOST UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CEMETERY in COATESVILLE, CHESTER COUNTY, PA - but am not sure where exactly he is buried.
4. Obtain the parents names and information for MARGARET STILL. She was mother to my great great great grandfather GEORGE DAVID STILL (b. 1808 in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County, PA). The story goes that she had George out of wedlock and that her father put her up on a farm but that he was not necessarily from East Fallowfield.
5. Get better organized! We moved last year and I am still unpacking some boxes full of Genealogical Gems!
6. Confirm or deny the potential Native American link for my girls' paternal great grandmother - LOUISE SHARPE DEYOE. An earlier blog goes into more depth on her but basically family says she is Mescalero brought back by DANIEL G DEYOE as his bride but I find nothing to back up this story.
7. Take on a related local history project. I have decided to record the grave markings at a cemetery where I have many family members buried. I have the layout and the pictures I want figured out. I just need to do it and then figure out how to publish and sell it.
8. Purchase a laptop for my genealogy and writing purposes. It must come with a wireless modem, dvd/cd player, (a writable one would actually be great!) and a huge hard drive. I would prefer it to come w Microsoft Office products so I can still work with the other systems in the house w/o much fuss.
9. Write more genealogy oriented articles. I would also like to expand my reading audience. I'm always looking for new article ideas, so if there is something you've wondered how to trace, or how to do/find/preserve/etc, email me at email@example.com. Thanks
10. Research Civil War events more. My ultimate goal is to actually trace my great great great grand-uncle (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN VAN HORN)through the Civil War from the time he registered in Philadelphia to his capture at the Weldon Railroad to his POW time at Libbey Prison in Richmond, VA to his life after the war in Richmond. His daughetr was born in Richmond and the family later moved to California.
I'm sure thoroughout the year more projects will present themselves but I think 10 goals is a good start! Good luck on all your projects and to do lists this coming year as well!