- Visit the Connecticut State Archives (again). I never got around to visiting them last fall, but I did just after the new year. Unfortunately, it was incredibly busy, and I was fumbling around with the microfilm a bit. The last time I ever used any was probably when I was about 10 years old. Now I have a much better sense of what kinds of records are of present use to me in the library, how to find them, and how to best navigate (and print) them. I'd very much like to go again, this time more prepared.
- Research Hurons and their records. Growing up, I was told there is Huron ancestry on my Québec side. Just a few weeks ago, I uncovered a source that I believe documents an ancestor's membership in the Huron community near Charlesbourg. I'd like to look into this further so that I fully understand the meaning of the records and try to find more.
- Read more history books relevant to what my ancestors may have lived through. I'm still working on the book The American Invasion of Canada: The War of 1812's First Year, and after I finish it, I would like to continue on to Pierre Berton's other book, Flames Across the Border: 1813-1814. I'm still hoping to find information on the battle of Fort George in particular, in which one of my ancestors fought for the British.
- Communicate with more people researching common ancestors. I started reaching out to individuals lately who are researching common ancestors, particularly those who seem to reach different conclusions than me. I think it's important to do this using family trees, and not just DNA. It's really enlightening to exchange thought processes with others looking at the same information you have; sometimes someone has a great idea you didn't think of! Also, it's a great way to get help in your research while hopefully helping others along the way.
- Trace one ancestor back in Europe. I believe my third great-grandmother's marriage certificate for her second husband is on its way to me from England. Also, I am talking to someone with a common (but unknown) ancestor in Ireland, and I have an extensive resource book from the New England Historic Genealogical Society called Tracing Your Irish Ancestors (4th Ed.) by John Grenham that should help me find at least one relative back in Ireland. This will probably be my most difficult task for the spring, but I think it's doable.
Additionally, I plan to get back to blogging regularly now that the holidays are past. Keep looking for updates on some of my "series" posts in particular!