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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?

WWI Photographs, taken by an unknown French Photographer.

I was fascinated by this article, that came to me via a newsgroup this week.

A treasure trove of First World War photographs was discovered recently in France. Published here for the first time, they show British soldiers on their way to the Somme. But who took them? And who were these Tommies marching off to die?

By John Lichfield
Article from the Independent, Friday, 22 May 2009

Two men have been gathering photographic plates in this area of rural France and have produced the 270 photographs shown in the article. The soldiers are unknown British troops on their way to the Somme. The photographer is also unknown and the collectors are hoping that those viewing the photographs might be able to shed some light on who the soldiers and photographer were.

On a personal note, I received some of my Certificates of Completion for genealogy this week. It was unexpected, but I was very pleased to receive them.

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