Continue to Dream Big

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!



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  1. Great dreams! I don’t honestly know what I would do… Oh, the standards I guess. I’d order any record that I found just to have a copy of it. I’d love to take a research trip across several states and to England. We have a lot of family that came out of England, so I might as well start where the lines are the heaviest. I’d love to drink in any convention and conference that I could. I know! I’d quit work so that I could just do genealogy all day every day. 🙂

    1. Steph, all great things to dream about doing. The road trip to New England would be awesome. I did a quick trip like that a few years back. I primarily was in NY, but we drove to Boston for a few nights and was able to get the Plymouth and Salem as well. Would love to do that again with more time to enjoy it and do some more research. I was able to visit the mayflower society library and NEGHS which was very cool to do. I say we plan a genealogy roadtrip with a few people that way we can splt the cost and be able to assist each other with our research.
      Anyhow, keep dreaming one day, we will be able to do some of the things in our list.

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