What’s On Your Genealogy Bucket List?


what's on your genealogy bucket list

Does a Bucket List Have to Be Totally Realistic?

I realized, as I was compiling my genealogy bucket list, that the truth is – I want to be able to time travel back to meet several of my ancestors. But I’m told that bucket lists really should be things that are doable, even though they may be a stretch. So, in deference to those who know better than I . . . . my bucket list will not contain the time travel item, but it’s there, nonetheless, if only in my heart!

The 5 Things on my Genealogy Bucket List

ONE:  I want to find out where those darn Hendrickson’s came from! I’ve traced dozens of my lines back across the pond except the one that I’d like to the most. A lot of Hendricksons were up in that New Amsterdam area early in colonial days, but per DNA I’m not connected to that lot.  I first thought that the name might have been changed from Hendricks (making it kind of English), or the spelling so mangled over time that I’ve simply missed finding them.

However, my Danish friend, Phyllis, tells me that Hendrickson IS  a Danish name. And, as my DNA shows close to 40% Scandanavian, perhaps they are Danish. Maybe I just haven’t managed to track them down yet. But finding the Hendricksons pre-U.S. is my #1.

TWO:  Finding the origins of my grandmother’s Faulkenberry family. Per all of the research I’ve done, the name’s origin is most likely a derivation of the German Falkenberg. I can place the family in colonial South Carolina as one of them served in the Revolutionary War. I bought the German Genealogy Book bundle over at Shop Family Tree and the German Cheat Sheet and am trying to learn a whole new path of research. (I know zip about German genealogy).

THREE:  Learning more about doing Jewish Genealogy. Both of my sisters-in-law are Jewish and neither of them know much about the family. In both instances, their families were part of the great wave of immigration in the early 20th century. I joined JewishGen and am learning so much about yet another new field of research. I also purchased the Jewish Genealogy Guide from Family Tree Magazine, which is giving me a good background to understand more about the records I’m likely to find.

FOUR:  Finish scanning the HUGE BOX of letters that went back and forth between my Aunt Lu and my grandmother. My sister and I spent an evening putting all of the letters into chronological order, so that’s a start.  Most of the letters were still in their original envelopes, so it made it easy to get them into date order. But my aunt was a prolific letter writer, with many of her letters running 7-8 pages, both sides. It’s one of those tasks that I think will be a perfect project for late in the year.

FIVE:  Find the origin of my Brooks line. I can get them to Revolutionary War service from Virginia, but I’ve hit a dead end at that point. I think their name might have been Brooke or Brookes . . . but since I don’t know the names of many of the people in the family, it’s hard for me to be certain I’m researching the right family.

Okay, now you know the highest priorities on MY bucket list. Please leave a comment and let me know yours!


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  1. Oh how blessed you are to have those letters! A treasure indeed.

    Regarding the Faulkenberry’s of South Carolina. What a small world. We had church friends back home (in SC) named Faulkenberry. His name was Paul and he was married to Ruth. Here is a link to one of his online obituaries:

    They were a very caring and sweet couple. He was a smart cookie, too. You could just look at him and know he was an educated man. The title Dr. bears that out. 🙂 They are sure missed, too. We met them at Lakeside Wesleyan Church in Anderson, South Carolina.

    Best wishes with your bucket list. One thing that I can think of right off on mine is getting to visit the graves of all of our 2nd great-grandparents. We’ve completed the visits to all of our great-grandparents. That was achieved last year. I also want to be able to find any information on William Cooper (my mother-in-law’s great-grandfather). Their Cooper family has been very elusive! We know where he died but have yet to be able to find where he was buried.

    Have a blessed day. 🙂

  2. Other way around. I’d like to know what my relations got up to after they crossed the pond. There seems to be a lot of to-ing and fro-ing from N Ireland to Canada and America

    1. Cheryl,
      I worked with one gentleman whose grandfather went back and forth between America and Greece. With each trip he brought a family member back to the U.S. with him. Perhaps your family was doing something similar?


  3. I have only one thing on my list !!! I have been searching 50 yrs for my great grandfather Matthew Austin father of Arthur A Austin of NH. I have searched everywhere and have also had help from genealogists,Associations etc . I keep on truckin hoping I will get lucky one of these days.

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