I accomplished a little in January, mostly organizational. I continued to work away at organizing my Evernote notebooks, making it through 8 of the surname notebooks, and having 5 more to do. I start the month of February working in the Salt notebook, which had been the repository for all other family names that were related. Since I have decided to orgainze by the major lines that are related I am ending up needing to move a fair number of the notes to other notebooks, but I am renaming the notes as I go. I’m also trying out Trello on my desktop to see if it helps me with my to-do lists, etc.
I did order and receive 2 DNA test kits from familytreedna while they were on sale in December, and I now have a Y DNA kit in the works for a Boothby cousin. The other is an autosomal kit and I am working to pursuade a Salt cousin to take it. I haven’t decided who else I might try to use it for if she decides not to do it. On the Denman DNA front I need to make a list of all the Denman males in my line who are still alive. This will give me options for my on-going quest to discover what our relationship is to the two Denman cousins I have discovered.
In February I will acquire the William Boorman will from England (the National Archives), and any other Denman wills I can find there.
At the very end of December I was contacted by the new owner of the old Salt house in Clermont county, Ohio. I had known that it was up for sale again but didn’t know it had been purchased. The man who found me is interested in local history and we have been corresponding via email. This has distracted me, and focused some of my research attention onto the Salt family as I search for deeds and wills and pictures. This is very likely to continue into February and encourages me to organize the Salt files so I know where everything is. It is an unfortunate failing of mine that I have various papers and pictures that I have gotten at earlier periods of my life and I know I have them but cannot easily find them when I want to. So that is a related organizational goal for 2016.