Monday, February 29, 2016

New March Challenge for Myself

I saw a posting on Facebook this morning from Bruce Byzbee (RootsMagic) about creating a special report for today, February 29th, Leap  Day!  I thought it would be interesting to see what family events I have for this date in my database, so I created the report.  It showed that I have five births, one marriage, one death and one burial for February 29th.  My challenge to myself for March is to write about each of the five persons born on today's date!

Off to research!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Update on any progress

It has definitely been strange not to be posting every week as I did last year doing the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  I have missed doing the research and writing the blogs, but sadly the challenge didn't continue into 2016.  So what have I been doing?  I have continues to keep up with the Hints in Ancestry, which are always interesting and have led to some finds, but nothing that has driven any research on my part.  I requested a search for an Inventory for my great-grandfather's brother when he died in Stockholm, but nothing was found (disappointing for me). 

I feel stagnant in my attempts to complete or even work on the goals that I set for myself for 2016.
I have found some possible leads for my husband's grandfather's family, but nothing that can be proven right now. And I am stumped in finding more records or information on Aaron Adamson, possible father of William Adamson (born @1790 in North Carolina). I am feeling that it is an impossible task to search for pictures of William Murphy, my great-great-grandfather (born 1838 in Ireland) here in Peoria, until the Peoria papers are archived. 

I am hopeful that once the National Library of Ireland Irish Catholic Parish Registers are released by Ancestry.com in March I will have some more luck finding ancestors from Ireland.  The records were released last year, but are coming out indexed now.  I have done as much as I thought possible with going through the records and trying to decipher some of the writing.

I am also trying to interest my husband in a trip to Stones River, Tennessee to see where my great grandfather, Moses Thompson Adamson, was wounded and taken prisoner during the Civil War.  Perhaps as the weather warms up, I can persuade him!

Meanwhile, I need to get back to writing about my ancestors!