Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Genealogy Bucket List for 2011

A lot has happened in my genealogy world in the last year or two. And rather than come up with some New Year's resolutions, I decided to create my Genealogy Bucket List - things that I would like to do or accomplish in the coming year (or as soon as I'm able to do so).

Research Trips

Danish Immigrant Museum - I'd like to schedule a long weekend to research my Petersen and Jeremiasen (and related) families who settled in Waterloo, Iowa in 1888. The museum is located in Elk Horn, Iowa.

Omaha Public Library - I think that several Saturdays looking through microfilm and other genealogy resources at the W. Dale Clark Library might be a good way to spend some cold winter days. I'm making a list of the records to look up based on some on-line indexes.

I also need to spend several days reviewing microfilmed newspapers at the Nebraska State Historical Society here in Lincoln.

Spend a day researching at the Nebraska State Genealogical Society library, which is housed at the Beatrice Public Library in Beatrice, Nebraska.

Spend a day getting acquainted with the library of my local Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society library, housed at the Union College Library here in Lincoln.

Visit several of the Family History Centers in Nebraska.

Cemetery trips

I'd like to continue documenting graves of relatives and family friends at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery (Greenwood, Nebraska), Rosehill Cemetery (Waverly, Nebraska), Calvary Cemetery (Lincoln, Nebraska), Wyuka Cemetery (Lincoln, Nebraska), and make my first outing to Saint Patrick Cemetery (Davey, Nebraska).

Classes, conferences and workshops

April 9, 2011 will be the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society spring conference. I plan to be there!

On May 6 and 7, 2011 I'll be attending the Nebraska State Genealogical Society conference in Nebraska City. I'll also be attending any conferences sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society. My local society has some great programs lined up for the monthly meetings in 2011.

July 15 and 16, 2011 will be the Genealogy and Land Records Symposium in Beatrice, Nebraska.

Family History Expos will make a return visit to the Kansas City area with its Expo scheduled in Overland Park, Kansas on July 29 - 30, 2011. There's a lot of my blogger buddies who need to get together for a reunion!

I plan to take local historian Jim McKee's community college class on the suburbs of Lincoln, Nebraska in a few weeks, and also pick up the two sessions I missed on his History of Lincoln class last fall.


Is this ever really done? I want to continue to make progress with my scanning, filing and organizing of both paper and digital records.

Public Speaking

Will 2011 be the year I begin doing some genealogy speaking at local meetings and conferences? I've got about four one-hour sessions outlined that I would like to present. But - I still need to finalize the PowerPoint presentations and prepare some handouts. We'll see how this goal evolves in the coming months.

If this bucket list is any indication, it's going to be a very busy year for me!


  1. Susan, what a list! And, I hope you get into lecturing, you will be great. You will be super busy if you empty your Bucket, but time will pass quickly.

  2. Sounds like a great year. Here's hoping we can meet up in KC!

  3. This is an excellent list. It's kinda like the stuff I like to daydream about - the research trips I'd like to take and the conferences I'd like to attend. And the places these things take you are not always something that can be included in our resolutions, since they can be so unpredictable. Here's hoping they turn up some great information for you!

  4. Great list! I might go to the Midwest Expo, but I would have to bring my son with me. I'll let you know if I pull the trigger. It would be great to meet you.

  5. You are going to be one BUSY lady!! Love the list! I need to be tagging along on so many of your Nebraska library visits!

    I like the update to your blog design!!

    Amy, KC's Union Station is incredibly beautiful and has a great little museum your son would love!

  6. Thanks for the comments, ladies!

    Barb - you are always so very supportive. I really appreciate that.

    Susan - we will definitely meet up at the Midwest Expo!

    Greta - a lot of this bucket list really is a daydream. I'll be happy if I get to do one fourth of the list in one year!

    Amy - ya gotta come to the Midwest Expo - we are some wild and crazy girls! You'll fit right in!

    Jenna - any time you plan a research trip to Nebraska, give me a holler and I'll see if I can chauffeur you around!

  7. Jenna - the header is my first project with Photoshop Elements!

  8. Great list Susan, and totally seems do-able. The Mid-West Expo sounds like fun. I am glad you have a list. Enjoy the journey. I look forward to reading your adventures along the way via your blog.