- Interview my aunt Marilyn. She is the oldest living member of our family, the oldest sister of my father. Her memory about my great-grandfather Johan Johansen and great-grandparents William Rushmer Curtis and Ella May Canfield is something I want to interview her about. She also holds the longest memory of family experiences for her immediate family, my father, the other sisters in the family, and their parents Johan Roy Tolve Johansen and Ada Curtis.
- Finish my mother-in-law's personal history. We interviewed Doris several years ago and recorded the personal history interview. I want to publish a history about her life but will not be able to add to it from her own memories due to her battle with Alzheimer's. I'd still like to get her history published before she passes.
- Finish my father's history of his service in Korea. He was engaged to my mother during the year he served over in Korea and we still have the letters they wrote back and forth to each other. I have transcribed almost all of the letters, but need to get it finished. I'd like to combine the history of his service with their love letters and publish it in a book. This project would be a great anniversary or Christmas gift for them and puts a date on my goal for either May or December.
- Re-publish my own personal history. Years ago I published my personal history but it was just text. This was back in the days before scanners and personal computers, so pictures were much to costly to include in a typed history. I'd like to re-publish my history, add photos and scanned documents to bring life to the story. The history was completed up to the time of my marriage, so the majority of my life was not included. In this second printing, it would be nice to finish my history with the past forty years of marriage and family life.
- Scan the Hartley family records. A few years ago I borrowed some family records for the Hartley family history I was publishing. There were boxes and boxes of materials and I have organized the contents of all the boxes, indexed, and cataloged the items. I started scanning everything and need to finish the scanning project so I can return the items back to my second-cousin.
These five items are pressing on me, often nagging me with the need to get them finished. I have a lot of other items on my list of family history projects, but I think that I will settle on these five items because of the time-sensitive nature of each item. In addition to these five goals, I always have to push forward in my research related to Benjamin Kingman Curtis, my 3rd great-grandfather. I already posted on Facebook that I was going add content to Benjamin's Facebook page that I start last year. So I guess my total number of family history goals for 2012 is six. Wish me luck!