Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking Back and Thinking Ahead

While 2011 was a fairly quiet year on the genealogy front, I did break through one brick wall, and that was exciting.  :)

Most of the year, I have focused on putting my new husband's genealogy together based on various sources, and then verifying names, dates and places with the census and vital records.  As with any new project, it's in its infancy and not very impressive at the moment.

However it was exciting to learn that Callahan cousins still reside in Annagolgan, Roslea, County Fermanagh, Ireland!  Visiting them is a priority for 2012.

Since most of the year was dedicated to writing (and it is going very well), I would like to spend more time exploring England in 2012.  While my son is here for the next 6 months, I want to spend a weekend seeing Stonehenge, Glastonbury and Salisbury Plain. 

My main intention for the year is to get a map of England and mark the places I need to visit for research purposes.  Once I have this in front of me, it will be much easier to plan trips, learn what facilities (libraries, historical societies, etc.) are in those areas, and get organized for my research.

We live here for two more years and I want to make the most of it.

Happy New Year!  May 2012 be a year of breaking down brick walls and finding elusive ancestors!

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan


  1. Wendy, Congratulations on your brick wall research, I somehow missed reading about it.
    You are so fortunate to be in England, and I'm quite envious, since so many of my lines came from there, my most recent being abt. 1780 from Boston. Have a wonderful two years, and see as much as you can. Happy New Year too.

  2. Wendy, since your brick wall story has some Rhode Island roots, consider joining me in my "Research Buddy Project" if you ever have the time - I'll be re-posting it in March. I began following your blog shortly after you posted that success story, so a belated congratulations. and happy new year! -- Diane

  3. Thank you Barbara! I'm going to see what I can learn while I'm here. :)

    Diane, I actually don't have any Rhode Island brick walls - that particular that I broke through was a French Canadian one (I was trying to find the husband's parents; the wife is from Massachusetts).

    But if I can help anybody, I'm always game for that! I'll definitely lend a hand with the Research Buddy Project.

    Happy New Year!