If you could have one genealogy wish (besides your research being completed) what would it be?
Think small, think large, think crazy and ridiculous!
I wish I could go back and accept the box of pictures that a relative had offered to me. I wish every picture given to me had the names and dates of the people and places.
i wish i could have met my artist great-grandfather Charles Leaver Shaw
Two things actually, but closely related.
1 - That census takers had legible handwriting
2 - Census transcribers/indexers could read
absolutely agree with this one!...have been doing family tree for over 6yrs now, and the hardest part has been trying to decipher Ireland's 'I''s , Scotish 'S''s and the main one I'm looking for is 'F' for foreign parts, which can look like an I, S and F !!!! Like occupation being a Dreffmaker!....drives me cravy! My wish is to find my g.g. grandmother who was born in France, and married a Casey in around 1827.
I wish I could live just one day in the life of the person I am researching. (with a video recorder to get everything I was experiencing)
I've taken my family tree from a handfull of names to approximatly 30,000 names with all types of stories, and pictures. But the one person I can not get pass the basic birh and death is my own mother. The death certificate that I Finally found was incorrect. Unless my father and her were getting a divorce at that time! Well my father was having an affair with another women when she died. I have not even got to my mothers dark side yet. I was warned not even to go their on my mothers side. Ho! boy do I have some questions to ask my mother if she was still alive. I'm digging real hard in the information that I have, and may be able to write a good book when I;m done. For my great grandmothers second husband was killed, and here third husband was put into jail for a big robbery. I love the old news papers for where they led you. They are like going back in time.
Ohhh I would never wish for my research to be completed - then life would have less meaning :) Torn between knowing the real father of my great-grandfather Charlie POUNDS or being able to go back in time to the summer of 1879 to my beloved Toronto and save the life of Newman Hall SMITH.
I would wish to find out where my Dad was from 1931 (birth) to 1940. He just falls off the planet in the 1940 census. I know he was in a childrens home in California, but this brick wall is a nasty one!
Lora - you have no address or name for that that home? There are tricks to find someone missing in the census (usually a transcription error) if you have an urban address. Or know someone else who was in the home. I KNOW, too much to ask...