It was one year ago yesterday, that I started on the Camfield series of letters. In the last year I have transcribed and posted 226 of the letters in this group. Certainly not the 365 I was shooting for but still better than 4 letters a week. Thus far, the letters have spanned 35 years, starting in 1875 and through 1909.
In addition to transcribing them I have spent a considerable amount of time researching people or topics mentioned. Occasionally this has kept me from working on things I'd rather be doing but all in all I have learned so much about my family that I'm happy with the journey they have taken me on.
I try not to read too far ahead, mostly because it takes time away from transcription. I know I am getting close to the end of the current batch of photographs and will have to start formatting the last batch soon.
I also have to decide when to stop. I certainly have no intention of publishing the letters written by my mother or her siblings. I haven't quite figured out exactly where the stopping point will be. Perhaps I will simply skip over the letters written by those of my mother's generation and stop when the remaining letters run out.
Although I do not know how many letters are left in this group I do not foresee it taking another year to complete. Therefore I should be starting on the Carlisle group sometime next year. I would like to have Ashley's Civil War letters to include with this group so I really need to figure out how I am going to obtain them. I would love to travel to Michigan and photograph them as I did all the others but haven't quite worked out how I can make that happen. There are other options and with letters in the Camfield series still awaiting my attention, I guess I really should not get too far ahead of myself.