I interrupt this series to write the Fifth Anniversary blog! It is hard to believe that this blog has been running on a fairly regular basis for five years. The last post was Number 200! So it seems appropriate that this Fifth Anniversary Post must be the beginning of a new three digit number.
Letâ€™s do the checklist first: Did I do what I said I would do?
MEETING GOALS FOR YEAR 5
- Another long series of posts, based on my research, is continuing. Now you know what I was doing when I wasnâ€™t writing posts.Â Hope they help you.
- You may expect to be interrupted by other subjects as they arise after a topical break in a series.
- This blog is for researchers, not to post information about my family unless its intent is to illustrate a point.
- Categories and tags are completed through 2016.Â
- By far the most gratifying part has to be the researchers whom Iâ€™ve helped.
- 2017 began on January 1 with two comments from researchers, one from a new follower, but whom I could connect to two existing researchers. Yeah!
- The other was from a seasoned researcher who reported this: Â Anotherâ€¦family discovered me through your website since you had linked to my website. Their 15 year old son was doingâ€¦ancestry research for his 80 year old grandmother. I knew about this family, but I thought I had lost their trail because their Johannâ€¦had two daughters whose names changed through marriage. One of these is this grandmother. I had a very nice phone conversation with her today. She was astonished by my findings and had not realized how large and vast ourâ€¦tribe was. She is my second cousin on my paternal grandmother’s side and my fourth cousin on myâ€¦ side. It doesnâ€™t get much better than that!
- A comment in February resulted in another family connection for me. Now I have another young man, this one in Germany, with whom I am corresponding. Yeah!
- The very best part is when the researchers keep me in the loop and the allow me to write up â€œourâ€ mutual research.
- Connecting families: The comments researchers have made are so generous. Thank you. They keep me going! I am thrilled that you read my blog and tell me your stories.
- I have added more links and media.
GOALS FOR YEAR 6
- The ever elusive map is an ongoing project meant to inspire others to do likewise.
- Report on two conferences Feefhs in Salt Lake, UT the week of July 16 to 21 and the new International German Genealogical Partnership July 28-30 in Minneapolis, MN, with special attention to East Prussia.
- The most gratifying goal would be to work with more researchers to help them to tell other researchers about our mutual research.
- An update on the Autosomal DNA I have become involved in.
- Continued research with the Lithuanian Historical Archives in Vilnius (which from January to July 2017 is not accessible because of a move to another location).
- Updates on my research as goals are completed, one of which will be a look at EWZ records.
Thank you, East Prussian/Suwalki Researchers!