My biggest wish this year is certainly a budget breaker but I really think I can pull it off. Plans are already in the works to return to Michigan on my April break to photograph the Civil War letters of my great-grandfather, Ashley Carlisle, and other family papers at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. I don't think the collection there is as large as the one at the Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor so I should have time to go back and photograph the diaries of Hannah L. Carlisle.
While 2009 was a very good year for me, I never did get to Michigan. Nor did I make arrangements to have someone else retrieve the treasures that await me there. It certainly would have cost less to hire a student to photograph the diaries and letters for me but I really want to do it myself. I can't explain the connection and thrill I feel when I handle the pages written by my ancestors.
So I firmly resolve that, come hell or high water, I will obtain at least the letters held at Western Michigan University in 2010. I have not decided when I will have my next surgery but it makes the most sense to have it done in the spring which would mean I can't travel in April. I plan to work next summer until the middle of August so if I can not get to Michigan myself by the end of August, I WILL make arrangements for someone else to obtain the letters for me. (I am so tempted to delay my surgery until the fall so I can travel in April!)
As for other goals for 2010 I will continue to work on transcribing the letters I do have. Other than that I plan to just see where the year takes me.
The 87th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy: New Years Resolutions! To be hosted by Jasia at Creative Gene. Poster courtesy of Footnote Maven.