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2015 in Review

007It’s that time of year! I have already seen several posts from fellow genealogists and societies, and even some from family members. Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and everyone is looking forward to 2016. What new experiences are you anticipating? Many of these posts recommend setting goals (instead of resolutions). My father, a retired career coach, advocates making a few attainable goals and then sharing them with friends and family as a way to keep yourself accountable and on track. It doesn’t help to make impossible goals, a guaranteed set-up for inevitable failure.

Dear Mother, Love Daddy coverFor me, looking back, 2015 has seemed impossibly long and short at the same time. A veritable blur of genealogical activity! I am surprised to recall all the genealogy related events and projects I did accomplish. These are most of the items I can remember….

  • Published Dear Mother, Love Daddy
  • Completed my ProGen studies
  • Attended my first large genealogy conference (SCGS Jamboree)
  • Attended my first all day genealogy seminar (Sacramento Roots Cellar Spring Seminar)
  • Continued to post one WWII letter every single day (for the third year in a row)
  • Wrote over 20 Fashion Moments posts
  • Researched, transcribed and posted over 60 newspaper articles about the smallpox epidemic in the year 1900 in Indiana
  • Transcribed and posted over 70 postcards written to my 2X great aunt Lena Hackleman
  • Had two published articles in the Sacramento Roots Cellar Preserves newsletter
  • Appeared in two episodes of Discovering Your Past
  • Started a volunteer genealogy program at my local library branch
  • Presented my first genealogy lecture
  • Engaged 3-5 paying clients for the year
  • Recruited 3-5 relatives to DNA test
  • Scanned several hundred family slides taken by my grandparents, Roscoe & Gladys, during the 1960s-1970s
  • Reviewed four genealogy/family history related books
  • Wrote five online articles for Genealogists.com
  • Began publishing a periodic newsletter as well as monthly updates on the blog
  • Connected with and started some great working relationships with several genealogists around the country
  • Submitted preliminary application for the Mayflower Society

A few items that I wish I had accomplished (but after looking over the above list of things I did achieve, I don’t feel too badly):

  • Publish an article in a national or state level periodical. I keep getting hung up on the whole reasonably exhaustive search aspect of genealogy, and want to keep researching. I need to learn to feel more comfortable writing what I have now.
  • Find a genealogy/writing job which will fit into my teaching and personal writing schedules

Goals for 2016

  • To publish the second volume of WWII letters, currently titled So Solong, Love Daddy. This volume will cover the letters from October through December 1942. I am currently behind on this project. I had hoped to accomplish more during my December vacation. My son has been on vacation with me so I have chosen to spend more time hanging out with him instead of sitting for hours in front of the computer screen editing text. This time around, I have lost my team of editors and proof-readers. I will need to recruit some new help. My goal is to publish the book by Memorial Day, if not sooner.
  • One of my goals from last year that was not accomplished – to publish an article for a state level society or national genealogy periodical. I see this as a goal to work on after the book is published.
  • Seriously begin planning for certification! I want to have preliminary projects started/plotted before I go on the clock. I really have no more excuses at this point since I have completed both Boston University’s genealogy research certificate program and ProGen. I want to have a plan in place by the end of 2016.
  • Continue to work on my skills as a genealogy lecturer. I have two more presentations scheduled this spring; the next one in only three weeks.

Other odds and ends….

Fashion Moments by Deborah SweeneyI want to continue writing Fashion Moments’ posts but I am moving away from the weekly format, perhaps to once a month. It has been hard at times to find material that I am interested in writing about. I would love more feedback from readers and suggestions for future posts so feel free to send me questions or photographs.

This year will likely see the end of the WWII letters. Over the next week, Roscoe will begin his journey home to the United States. He continued to serve through the end of the war, but his duties were stateside. One of his postings allowed Gladys and the boys to live with him. The remaining letters will jump ahead months and weeks at a time with the majority being written by Roscoe. Another large block of the letters were written by people other than Roscoe or Gladys, by people who served with Roscoe, like Dr. Edmund T. Lentz. I definitely feel that the letters are moving into a new phase for 2016.

Eugene B. Scofield (watermark)

Rev. Eugene B. Scofield

Looking ahead to after the WWII letters (I know it is very hard to believe!), I have an extensive collection of letters that were written between Gladys and David in the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, David was a young adult moving away to college, getting married and relocating to Massachusetts. These letters provide another fascinating glimpse into the world of the Yegerlehners during the mid-twentieth century. In addition, my collection of family memorabilia contains letters from the late 19th century. The Reverend Eugene B. Scofield, a brother to Lena Hackleman, was a traveling minister for the Christian Church in Indiana in the early years of his career. While he was away from home, he wrote many letters to his family.  So even though the WWII letters may be running out, I still have a lot of transcribing and preserving to do.

Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! And may you find all your elusive ancestors in 2016!

© 2015-2016, Deborah Sweeney
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Lena’s Postcards #71

Postmark:
Connersville, Indiana, December 21, 1929 5PM

Addressed to:
Mrs. Lena Hackleman
Fayette St.
Connersville
Ind.

Message:
I am wishing you a Happy Christmas and New Year
Love Beulah H.

[Editor’s note: Due to the impending end of the school year, I am going to take a short vacation from Lena’s Postcards. There are still about 50 cards left in the collection. See you in June!]

©2015 copyright by Deborah Sweeney
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Lena’s Postcards #70

Postmark:
Pontiac, Michigan, August 27, 1927 8PM

Addressed to:
Mrs. Lena Hackleman
Fayette St.
Connersville
Ind.

Message:
Having a fine time
Bertha Beck

©2015 copyright by Deborah Sweeney
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Lena’s Postcards #69

Postmark:
December 20, 1926 3PM, Rushville, Indiana

Addressed to:
John W. & Lena Hackleman
Connersville
Ind
923 Fayette St.

Message:
Rushville, Ind.
We are hoping you are much better & able to enjoy the Christmas Holidays. We are well as usual and wish me might be able to visit you some day.
With love
Julia Shortridge
Ollie McMillin

©2015 copyright by Deborah Sweeney
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Lena’s Postcards #68

Postmark:
Connersville, Indiana, December 31, 1925 12M

Addressed to:
Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Hackleman
923 Fayette St.
Connersville
Indiana

Message:
From Mrs. Emma Sherry

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Lena’s Postcards #67

Postmark:
Connersville, Indiana, December 22, 1925 8PM

Addressed to:
Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Hackleman
Connersville
Ind.
Fayette St.

Message:
Seasons Greetings from Ida & Estella Shortridge

©2015 copyright by Deborah Sweeney
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Lena’s Postcards #66

 

Postmark:
Greensburg, Indiana, December 21, 1925 8 PM

Addressed to:
Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Hackleman
923 Fayette St.
Connersville
Indiana

Message:
This is to remind you am thinking of you hope both are reasinable well
Nona Burns

©2015 copyright by Deborah Sweeney
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