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If I won a lottery. My genealogy top 10 wish list.

When my husband and I travel, we inevitably end up having crazy conversations about what we’d do if we won the lottery.  These usually happen when we’re on our way home and not looking forward to being back at work.  As I was working around the house this morning, I started to think about my top ten list genealogy-wise, if there were no restrictions on time, travel or finances – a genealogical heaven, so to speak.  The list is purely for fun and is a very different wish list from my genealogy ‘want to find’ list.  

Here’s the list, which of course begins with me quitting my job!

  1. Book a ticket to Europe. I’m going to Wales (Aberystwyth area), England (Manchester area), then Poland & Ukraine (this may take a long time, I’ve got lots of ancestral places to see in these areas, so I’ll include number 2 as part of this process). 
  2.  Buy a house in Wales, which will be our summer home and close to the National Library of Wales (It will have an ocean view).
  3. I’m going to take my Mum & daughter along for the UK parts of the trip as we’ve all dreamed of a research trip there for so long. 
  4. Meet two new relatives in the UK that I’ve made contact with in the past couple of years, and visit uncles, aunts and cousins to ‘interview’ them in person.
  5. Take a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. (A long time dream of mine)
  6. In my new house will be a library housing as many history/genealogy books as I can fit!
  7. In my new house is a room just for my genealogy – with a brand new computer, two monitors and many filing cabinets.  The walls will be covered in maps and photos.  (If the lottery win is large enough, it will be climate controlled!)
  8. While I’m in Wales, I want to become fluent in Welsh, so I’ll take a Welsh immersion course.
  9. A good camera of course, for all the photographs I’ll be taking.
  10. I will complete my genealogical certification.

A bonus for me is that my husband has offered to travel with me to any of these places that have a golf course.  So now we’re all set, just one thing left to do………


What does your list look like?

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning Genealogy Fun – My genealogical three’s

I’ve been busy catching up on a few maintenance projects around the Ancestral Wales home, which was in desperate need of some painting projects to be done – hence the absence of posts. 

Thanks to a recent update for the computer that went rogue on me this week, I’ve also had to spend a lot of time restoring my computer, and on the phone with Microsoft (and my thanks to the techs who rescued my stuff and called me back three times to make sure everything was updating ok!!!)  Although I’m always backing up my system, it is never 100 percent up to date, and so I did lose some of my work.  A valuable lesson learned indeed.

In the absence of any genealogical tidbits to post this week, I decided to take up Genea-Musing’s Saturday night fun challenge. (yes, it is Sunday now …….)   “Tell us your three responses to the questions:”

* Three genealogical libraries I frequent

Alberta Family History Library(As a volunteer)

FHS Library

Calgary Public Library (to use
* Three places I’ve visited on genealogy trips

Saskatchewan, Canada

Aberystwyth area, Wales

Manchester, England
* Three genealogy societies I belong to (or want to)

Alberta Family History Society (belong)

Dyfed Family History Society (belong)

National Genealogical Society (wish list)
* Three websites that help my research
* Three ancestral graves that I’ve visited

Fitton, Tal-y-bont Cemetery, Ceredigion, Wales

Cadman, Tal-y-bont Cemetery, Ceredigion, Wales

Davies, Tal-y-bont Cemetery, Ceredigion, Wales
* Three ancestral places I want to visit

Many cemeteries in the Aberystwyth area of Ceredigion, Wales

National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales

Ceredigion Archives
* Three brickwall ancestors I want to research more

Lewis Maurice Davies (1844-1917)

George & Annie Cadman (1880-1930’s)

Clayton Mariners of Aberystwyth (late 1700’s to mid 1800’s)

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