- Digitize my Grandma Doris's 29 photo albums and scrapbooks. Yes, 29. I remember that time when I was young and naive and forgot that there was an entire other box full of albums!! Those were the days...
- Plan my first research trip to Washington, DC. That's where the Coopers met the Shepherds, where the Shepherds met the Reids, and where both my momma and my granddad were raised.
- Reach out to my remaining living Grandfather. That thing I said about “no particular order” clearly is not true here. This is a priority.
- Write up some more of the stories I'm already able to tell and the mysteries I want to solve. Like why my maternal grandparents applied for a marriage license twice, two years apart. Or that my paternal great-grandfather was involved in a coal mining strike and subsequent court case that made it into the newspapers.
- Figure out my priorities for Ohio research. And also whose couches I want to sleep on!
- Review my current research for holes, lingering questions, and mistakes. The Genealogy Do-Over, suggested over at Geneabloggers.com really is a great idea. And while I’ve been pretty darn careful, it never hurts to doublecheck!
- Set goals for additional research
that otherWest Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, New York (again), and New Jersey (again), here I come!
So there you go folks. If I've made no headway a year from now, send the Land Shark after me! (Ding dong...)