Saturday, January 28, 2012

My Take On The Bucket List GeneaMeme

Okay - I am late to the game but here is my list.  This was a fun meme and there is lots I would like to do! How about you?

The instructions (or key) are as follows:
The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you would like to do or find: Bold Type
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments after each item 

Where does Redbreast fit in
on my Bucket List?

  1. The genealogy conference I would most like to attend is... this is a tossup EITHER Jamboree 2012 OR RootsTech 2013 (the bloggers make them sound like so much fun and the presentations sound so informative)
  2. The genealogy speaker I would most like to hear and see is... Elizabeth Shown Mills - she is the real deal, I saw her once and she packed so much information into the 3 talks that my brain almost exploded.  But seriously, I heard so many great tips that my research improved, I finally understood citations, I started grouping families with cluster research, and I had a new lease on life (okay three of four).  I am now ready for another helping of her knowledge – oh and she was incredibly personable and so genuine.
  3. The geneablogger I would most like to meet in person is... this is a tossup between Jennifer Geraghty of 'On a flesh and bone foundation – she is an amazing writer/photographer and her blog simply makes my soul sing!  OR Thomas MacEntee – I want to find out how he does it - we all have the same number of hours in the day, so I’m wondering if he made a deal with the devil?
  4. The genealogy writer I would most like to have dinner with is... John Grenham, I want to pick his brain about my Irish research and he wrote the definitive book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors – it would be a long dinner, a late night and several fingers of Redbreast.
  5. The genealogy lecture I would most like to present is... Hooking the Next Generation & Reeling Them In – the future of genealogy is our youth and we need to encourage them to learn about their families, their history, the countries their ancestors originally came from, the religion, politics, geography and culture that make them unique and part of this bigger community.
  6. I would like to go on a genealogy cruise that visits... Slovenia & Italy – the nice warm Adriatic Sea for me!
  7. The photo I would most like to find is... a family photo of Andrew Kough & Catherine Aylward taken in 1850 (this way I would have Andrew & Catherine as well as all their children, some of them already married with families of their own – oh and I want a family tree with all their information handwritten on the back – not asking too much am I?).
  8. The repository in a foreign land I would most like to visit is... The Rooms (The Archives in St. John’s, Newfoundland – and I need a summer – that way I can get through a portion of their amazing collection and I want retired professor Dr. John Mannion (geography at Memorial University) to be at my side giving me pointers.
  9. The place of worship I would most like to visit is...The church in County Carlow where my ancestors were born, married, and buried (together with the church records noting all their names, dates and places together with extended and affiliated families).
  10. The cemetery I would most like to visit is.... the Roman Catholic Cemetery in St. Mullins (if that is where all those family members are buried).
  11. The ancestral town or village I would most like to visit is.... St. Mullins, County Carlow, IRELAND.
  12. The brick wall I most want to smash is... crossing the pond to find Michael Daniel O’Murphy and Honora Agnes Butler’s origins – I want to find those families in County Kerry and County Cork, IRELAND before Michael and Honora each came to the USA.
  13. The piece of software I most want to buy is... Legacy Family Tree 8.0 – still contains all the great stuff it has now but also includes a Research Manager/To Do section that is coordinated and an improved group attachment for sources & events/facts (go ahead and cherry pick from RootsMagic, I won’t tell).
  14. The tech toy I want to purchase next is ... a tablet – not sure if that is an iPad or something else, the jury is still out.
  15. The expensive book I would most like to buy is... hmmm, I will need to give this some thought.
  16. The library I would most like to visit is... this one is a tie – and I want both the Family History Library, hey it’s the genealogy mecca; and the Library of Congress – scads of great stuff, oh and I want John Philip Colletta as my personal tour guide!
  17. The genealogy related book I would most like to write is... The Irish, Norwegian, Slovenian, and Swedish Genealogy Pie that is my Keough, Murphy, Kocevar & Lidman Families – with all the information found and cited, with great stories and photographs!
  18. The genealogy blog I would most like to start would be about... I have two blogs (The Keough Corner and Scandia Musings & More) so I’m good!
  19. The journal article I would most like to write would be about... The Families of Plate Cove, Newfoundland and Surrounding Villages – from Ireland to Newfoundland – who they were and what became of them.
  20. The ancestor I most want to meet in the afterlife is... Catherine Alyward – who are your people and why isn’t there a Catholic marriage record for you and Andrew until after your fifth child? Where is an earlier marriage recorded (perhaps in the Protestant church).  Please tell me all about who your children married, those sons and daughters-in law’s people, and all your grandchildren.  Oh, and where is your tombstone?  An enquiring mind (mine) wants to know!!

Is there anything else on your Genealogy Bucket List?

Why yes Jill – there are a few things more things on my Genealogy Bucket List (thanks for asking - can you grant wishes?).

Be the first non-celebrity on Who Do You Think You Are?  Please help me with my research let’s get some of those questions answered!

Get a grant to model a national program for the schools Genealogy in the Classroom (using the great program by the Victoria Genealogical Society) AND Ask Granny (or Granddad) to help seniors and youth connect with family history – use local, state and national genealogical organizations, libraries and archives to encourage our youth to learn and our seniors to share our history – it would make us all better citizens of the world.


  1. It's never too late, Tessa.

    Thanks for your responses and please let me know when you are presenting "Hooking the Next Generation & Reeling Them In" I'll be along to get some ideas for catch my descendants.

  2. A fun and amusing response Tessa. I hope you get at least some of those wishes from the genea-fairy.


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