Jan 262012

Jill Ball writes: “I invite all genealogists and family history freaks to join me by sharing your bucket list of events, places, people and resources you would most like to experience before you leave this mortal earth.”

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 

I am a kinda “bloom where you are planted” person.  In my 71+ years, I have had so many extraordinary opportunities and experiences, that it is difficult to even think about a bucket list of things that I would want to add.  Moreover, new experiences and opportunities keep presenting themselves to me.   So, with that caveat in mind, here’s my list — 

 1.    The genealogy conference I would most like to attend is RootsTech 2012 and NGS 2012.
        (I am registered for both this year.)
2.    The genealogy speaker I would most like to hear and see is Elizabeth Shown Mills.

       (I hope to be in one of her workshops in Cincinnati at NGS.)
3.    The geneablogger I would most like to meet in person is… actually, too many to list.
        (and a lot of them will be at RootsTech 2012)

4.    The genealogy writer I would most like to have dinner with is Thomas MacEntee.
       (Thomas has such an open, caring, and helpful spirit, I’d love to pick his brain and listen to him talk about genealogy and life.)
5.    The genealogy lecture I would most like to present is….
6.    I would like to go on a genealogy cruise that visits….
      (Cruises don’t interest me.)
7.    The photo I would most like to find is Jacob Bartel (Barthel)
       (Jacob Barthel is my 2g-grandfather. My given name is Barthel. I know very little about Jacob. He is a brick wall.)
8.    The repository in a foreign land I would most like to visit is Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg – Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe
      (I believe this is the state archive that would have the most information regarding the region of Baden from which my German Brenner ancestors came.)
9.    The place of worship I would most like to visit is  the Chapel at St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado.
10.    The cemeteries I would most like to visit is Forest Rose Cemetery in Lancaster, Ohio (and other cemeteries in Fairfield County, Ohio).
        (Great and 2g-great grandparents come from Fairfield County, Ohio.
11.    The ancestral town or village I would most like to visit is Adelshofen, Baden (now Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany).
         (My 2g-grandfather, John Brenner, came from Adelshofen. He is the first of my direct line Brenner ancestors to arrive from Germany (in 1856).
12.    The brick wall I most want to smash is Macob Bartel (Barthel)
         (See #7, above.
13.    The piece of software I most want to buy is….
         (I have a preference for open source software.)
14.    The tech toy I want to purchase next is probably a Flip-Pal scanner (or maybe an iPad 3)
         (I would prefer an Android tablet, but got my iPad early on before the Androids hit the market. I have too many iPad apps that I would have to abandon (or re-purchase) if I made a switch now.)
15.    The expensive book I would most like to buy is….
         (If it is not in ebook format, I’m not interested.)
16.    The libraries I would most like to visit are 1) Family History Library (Salt Lake City, UT); 2) Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, IN); and Midwest Genealogical Center (Independence, MO).
17.    The genealogy related book I would most like to write is….
         (I’ll stick to writing blog posts.)
18.    The genealogy blog I would most like to start would be about….
         (I currently have one public and one private genealogy blog. That’s enough for me!)
19.    The journal article I would most like to write would be about…
         (See # 17, above.)
20.    The ancestor I most want to meet in the afterlife is my great-grandaunt, Julia Huffman (nee Brenner)
    (See: “Stardust Stories – Julia (Brenner) Huffman, Truant Officer”)

  2 Responses to “The Bucket List GeneaMeme”

  1. hi Bart, Don't know if you're aware of this site. It might be helpful for your Baden ancestors. http://www.auswanderer-bw.de/sixcms/detail.php?template=a_artikel&id=6591&sprache=en&PHPSESSID=dcgk0lb0n4bgk04826baddsj14

  2. Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me–I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com

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