In 2012, it will get harder to find new items about my distant family members, but that is what makes it exciting.
Here are some goals I want to set for myself to achieve for 2012:
- Prove my Mayflower ancestry. I am 80% certain, but I am putting a few last pieces together before I am willing to make the final leap to putting it onto my blog. Once I have that information, I can apply for membership to the Mayflower Society.
- Find David Fuller. David Fuller, my 3rd great grandfather died between 1855-1860. I want to make it a focus to uncover a death certificate, probate information or other evidence of where and when he died and his connection with the Horton, Nova Scotia Fullers.
- Uncover John Armstrong's (1731-1822) father and origins. I have traced one line of my family to John Armstrong in Falmouth (now Portland, Maine), but I can't seem to find his parents. It seems likely he is descended from the early Ulster-Scotts who arrived in 1717/1718 to Portland, Maine. Now I have to prove it.
- DNA Test. I want to see if I can find any clues about my father's father's family. My dad was adopted and I have connected with his mother's family, but not had a starting point for tracing his father's family.
- Track down my Rusyn ancestry in Poland. My mom's family, the Gula's, came from a small town in present day Poland. I want to obtain some documents from Poland and start tracking down my family back to Europe.
I am sure I will uncover a lot more than 5 things in 2012 in my family research, but let us see how well I can do with these key challenges and see what the new year brings.