My Top 10 Genealogy Moments of 2009

Lisa at the Accidental Genealogist blogged about her top 10 genealogy moments of 2009.  It got me thinking about what achievements I made this year.  I think I’ve done pretty darn well for someone who bogged down with family health issues for the first half of the year.

1. I found out that my Great Great Grandfather, Thomas Augustine Jones, who was from Australia, had a brother.  this discovery was a surprise since there had been no indication of a sibling in any of my prior research.
2. I finally found the town that my Dolan’s were from in Ireland–Cam.
3. A volunteer at photographed a couple of the tombstones for my family at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California.  It was the first time I got to see my Great Great Grandmother’s tombstone.
4. George Pacheco, a Portuguese genealogist, presented me with information that showed my link to Nobel Laurete, Craig Mello.
5. I found Eugenio de Mello in the Azorean Passporte records migrating to Massachusetts years after the family was supposed to have migrated to Hawaii.
6. The Hawaii State Archives began putting digitized records online.  I was able to find several marriage records that were unavailable to me before.
7. Using Google Maps, I mapped out all the houses that my relatives lived on on E. 25th Street in Oakland, California.  I then used that information to compare to the database at and was able to learn the history of some of the houses (i.e. when they were originally built or remodelled).
8. began putting the San Francisco Mortuary records online and I was able to find a handful of Irish relatives.
9. I signed up for and had a blast uncovering the Kelly-Dolan history in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.
10. I joined the and genealogy social networks.  I found one cousin for myself.  I also helped another researcher connect with one of my distant cousins.

    The most important discovery was probably finding the town the Dolan’s were from.  In 2010, I can explore Cam, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.  I will search to see if any records are online.  And, maybe, just maybe, I might find the Dolan family and learn who the parents of Patrick, Margaret, Bridget, and Catherine were.

    Here’s to 2010!


    My Genealogy Goals for 2010

    (For the Carnival of Genealogy–New Years Resolutions)

    This year was frustrating.  While I found many records to add to my tree, I had very little time to organize, analyze, and input data.  I’ve overwhelmed by stacks of documents on my desk and files on my computer that I haven’t even printed out.

    My number one genealogy goal for 2010 is to get through everything on my desk.  This mean input everything in the two folders that have been sitting right in front of me for two years.  If I can’t match it up then it goes in the binders with the other unknowns for future comparison.

    Then I will file every darned piece of paper that has already been input.  It will all be in the genealogy binders neatly filed with it’s matching family.

    That is my priority.

    If I meet my number one goal, I will then get all the research on my computer organized.  Some of it has already been input.  I will add the word “input” at the end of the file name so I know that it is so.  I will get all the documents sorted into the family folder it belongs with.  I will then print out those that need to be in the binders.

    It’s a tall order!  I believe if I can get through the first goal, it will make it all the more easy to accomplish the second goal.  It is frustrating to know that I have records proving a certain item and not being able to locate it easily.  I think I will feel much better when the stacks of paper are off my desk.

    Here I come 2010!


    Merry Christmas to All!!!

    I would like to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas!

    Here are some Christmas Cheer from the Lassalle household: