What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?) (Author: Jake Nickell)
When I lived in Salt Lake City about 5 years ago, I began tracing my family tree. With the high percentage of Mormons residing there, Salt Lake City is the epicenter of genealogy and houses the largest archives in the world. I found it thrilling to discover when (1891) and how (the steamship SS Moravia) my family arrived to this country, and piece together the lives of the very people I have to thank for my existence.
After leaving SLC my research has been quite intermittent. I delay getting started because I don’t know what I’m doing. And while I love the work, I put a lot of pressure to make it perfect, since documenting one’s family history is no slight task. (It doesn’t help that I ofen forget where I left off and end up redoing my own work.)
However, in 2011 I hope to archive and scan as many photos and memorabilia as possible and begin interviewing my relatives. Later in the year I will start a website to share my discoveries with the rest of my family to keep them up-to-date (and myself motivated to continue!) And, yes– I will do it!
Photo: my great grandmother with my grandfather and uncle in the baskets!