With the starting of my business, founds for genealogy have been very limited. There are so many things that I would love to do, I just do not have the ability to do what I want, when I want to. As I was thinking about all the things I wanted to do with my genealogy research today, I wondered how many other people are in the same situation. Money is too tight to do what you want, what would you do with your research if the funds were unlimited. The sky is the limit, it is you own personal Who Do You Think You Are? show.
For me, there are a few things I would like to complete. Here is my list:
- Verify my Richmond line, according to a distant cousin our line goes into the line of Thomas Rogers from the Mayflower. As I looked through the trees that show this, I saw some flaws and would like to be able to verify it for sure.
- Continue my documentation for the DAR. I started this about two years ago and I need extra cash to order some records. I know my Richmond line goes into the Revolutionary War because I had someone from the SAR document the line for my son. Not that we ever sent the paperwork in, again money has been too tight for the extra’s.
- Go to County Cork, IRE and continue my O’Connell research. Last year, I learned that John O’Connell was born in County Cork. I would like to visit the area and see where the family came from, visit the local Catholic Church and see if they can assist in finding more records. Plus, I need to find out what happened to John’s mother, Helen Teahan. I have no records of her besides the baptismal record for John.
- Visit France, I love the fact that I have Canadian – French ancestry and would love to go back through France and see the areas my family came from.
- Finally, I would love to have a few more DNA tests taken. I would like to have an O’Connell male take the YDNA test and I would like to take the MtDNA test to follow my maternal line.
So, what would you do if money was not an issue? Remember DREAM BIG!
The last few weeks have been rough. As my readers know, I buried my Grandmother last week. I have so much I would like to say about her, as a person, woman and grandmother. Yet it seems when I sit and try to write, nothing comes out the way I would like it to. So, I have decided to let it sit for a bit and maybe, when I am less emotional I will be able to say what I feel I need to say about her.
There has been a lot going on otherwise in life, this week I won entry for two into the Mesa, AZ Family History Expo. I entered a photo into the Luxegen Genealogy and Family History website. I entered my photo from the Hurt Family Cemetery, that I posted in October 2009. This is the link announcing my win. I am extremely excited about this. Thanks again to the Luxegen Genealogy and Family History.
Last but not least, I read a blog post by Amy at We Tree about Sticking My Toes in the DAR Pool and decided it was time for me to do the same. I filled out the Prospective Member form, clicked send and on its merry way it was sent into the DAR. Over the past few months, I had met a gentleman by the name of Bob, through GenealogyWise who stated he would assist anyone in searching for their patriot for the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He found my patriot in one day and took my tree back 100 years! I was so excited. I have been sitting on my son’s forms for the SAR for about a month now (due to family illnesses). I am hoping to get them mailed out this week. Once Bob found my patriot, I started looking for the marriage license and Birth Certificates of the family members so that when I applied to the DAR, I would have the documentation that I needed. I need one more marriage certificate, but that one is for my parents, that will be easy to obtain. I wish that the DAR and SAR shared the same standards for proving your patriot. The SAR requires birth certificates to prove the line, no marriage certificate needed.
I will continue to blog about the process for both SAR and DAR as our family goes through them.