Saturday, December 27, 2008

Wishes and Dreams for 2009

I certainly haven't done well in the past with the To Do Lists I wrote in 2006 and 2007. Both years were very productive but most of the things on the lists remain to be done. So much to do and so little time (and money!) So this year I'll list some wishes and then wait to see what the year will bring.

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 Bently Historical Library in Ann Arbor so I should have time to go back and photograh the diaries of Hannah L. Carlisle.

I hope to be able to continue to publish the letters I already have at the rate of one each day. Right now I'm ahead on transcribing them but with returning to work, family committments and a sick computer I may easily fall behind for awhile. Another surgery planned for early summer should give me time to type like crazy.

In early 2008 I was working hard finding out more about my Wisner ancesty. Being easily distracted I find myself finishing the year focused on my Graham line. I will be writing a series on that line and hope to get back to digging into the Wisner line.

At least one new blog and possibly two are on my wish list. I would like to create a blog dedicated to Hannah Carlisle's diaries. There are several so there are years worth of daily posts. I should have plenty of time to work on setting it up and transcribing before the end of 2009 when it would begin. The other planned blog I'll leave a mystery for right now.

I still have never been to a Family History Center. There are two, each about a half hour drive away. With gas prices down and my babysitting schedule changing, this may be the year.

Of course I hope to get lots of scanning done. There is organization that needs doing. Letters should be written. My office was cleaned out and organized but that didn't last so it needs to be done again. And of course I have a very long to do list that has nothing to do with genealogy.

I expect 2009 to be another very productive year and I look forward to seeing where the twists and turns will take me!

This was written for the 63rd edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, New Years Resolutions!.



You sound like your goals are set for
2009! 2008 had wonderful family
history moments but the other blogs
have been keeping me so busy, its
has been hard to sit down and write for the COG's! I look forward to your
future blogs! A very productive and
happy new year to you!

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Thanks Jewelgirl! I'm looking forward to 2009. I hope you can find time to record a little of your family history but I do know how hard it is to keep several blogs going. My gardening blog has been all but abandoned.

footnoteMaven said...


May all your wishes come true! You are one of the most productive people I know.

Two new blogs! Can't wait.

And Happy New Year blogging friend!


Greta Koehl said...

You are so lucky to be able to see the letters of your ancestors!

And what is it with office entropy? I guess neat and organized is just an unnatural state for some offices (well, it is for mine, at any rate).

Wishing your New Year will be happy, organized, and productive!

Anonymous said...

I'm counting on hearing from you if you make it to Michigan, I'll buy you lunch or feet you at my home if you're in the Detroit area long enough. (helps on expenses).

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Going to a Family History Center is on my list this year, too (I Just didn't post about it. I live so close to one, it's embarrassing I haven't taken advantage of it yat.


I could really relate to your "easily distracted" confession. Here's wishing that all of your resolutions are accomplished, particularly your Michigan trip!

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

You are too kind. I feel like I didn't get much done last year. Not sure if I can pull off a GR blog the way I envision it, but I'm thinking on it.

Having my aunt's donate all of the letters to libraries was truly a gift for future generations. I am very organized at work so I don't know why I struggle at home!

I'd love to meet! I can't remember how many diaries there are but probably more than I'll have time to finish again this trip so I'm planning for several days.

I really don't know why I haven't made the time to get to a FHC knowing how much I might find there. I hope we both meet this goal this year!

Sometimes when I start looking for one thing the twist and turns multiply so fast that I don't remember what I began with. I really do need to get back to my Wisners - they have frustrated me the longest!