- Went to my first conference and had tons of fun (and can't wait until I get to go to another).
- Broke down one of my longest standing brick-walls and learned the names of my great-grandfather's parents (Matteo Lapiccirella and Carmela/Carmina Scarano). I have my FHC and the wonderful folks at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library to thank for it!
- Joined several genealogical societies. My only regret was that I wasn't able to get as involved in their activities and events as I had wanted to. That is something I'd definitely like to do more of in 2011.
- Met many new "cousins," enriching my genealogy database at the same time. In fact, I've heard from so many new cousins that I'm drowning in e-mails and terribly behind in responding (apologies to anyone still waiting on a reply from me!).
In terms of things that I'd like to happen in 2011, my list is very much the same as in years past:
- Find Heman Doyle's parents. I now know he had a half-brother in Buffalo in 1840 but that hasn't proved very helpful as yet.
- Find (Maria) Nicoletta Riccia's parents. My great-grandmother is such a mystery and the only thing I learned about her in 2010 was that she wasn't from the village she said she was from.
- Go further back with my Lapiccirella and Scarano lines. I'm lucky that they lived in a village in Italy that was good about keeping records and that those records have been microfilmed. Now I just need to spend more time are my FHC!
- Go further back with Priscilla Mason's parents. I'm hopeful that the mtDNA tests my mother and I took will be helpful in this area but we'll see. As I've said before, Priscilla (and by extension her mother) are haplogroup K with a rare 16265G mutation. I only did the HVR1 but my mother did the full test so hopefully when her results come in we'll know even more about this line. I am hoping to learn where this line might have originated and find a cousin or two.
- Find some information on my Allen ancestors. My birthday present this year was for my father to take a Y-DNA test. We're are awaiting the results and some of us (okay, just me) are a bit more excited than others. There is an Allen group and it appears that R1b is the most common haplogroup. I'm hoping to find a cousin or two since my Allens have only been in this country since the 1850s, before then we don't know where in Scotland they originated.
I hope everyone has a happy, safe and prosperous 2011! May your brick-walls come crashing down and your genealogy resolutions come to pass in this new year! And, a big thank you to everyone who has stopped to read this blog in 2010 - you guys really did make my year!