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First Year Accomplishments

I have been researching my family for only a little over a year, but I am excited to share some of the highlights of my work:
  • Interviewed parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and every other known living relative
  • Explored the depths of my parents' attic and asked my in-laws for family pictures and stories
  • Video-taped my mom and aunt as they told childhood stories
  • Visited my great aunt in Bainbridge several times and had wonderful lunches while we shared stories and pictures!
  • Met 3 newly discovered "cousins" in person!
  • Traveled to Decatur County, GA and Wilkes County, NC fro on-site research
  • Spent major bucks on an Ancestry.com subscription
  • Tried out 3 genealogy programs and finally settled on Legacy 5.0 Deluxe
  • Entered data, stories, and sources for almost 3,000 relatives
  • Obtained two county heritage books and one general genealogy book
  • Wrote numerous letters and made calls to county clerks and librarians
  • Obtained birth and death records on every relative for which one was available
  • Spent many late nights browsing through the census images page-by-page
  • Visited the Georgia Archives in Morrow, GA
  • Visited several cemeteries and took tombstone photos
  • Scrolled through numerous microfilm reels to locate obituaries, marriage announcements, and other news articles
  • Posted questions (and sometime answers) to 15-20 message boards
  • Began monitoring several rootsweb lists
  • Scanned over 300 family pictures and documents into my computer
  • Learned the basics of photo editing in order to preserve the pictures carefully
  • Started my own little research group to gather and analyze information on the Riches from Decatur and Emanuel Counties in Georgia
  • Uncovered 16 Revolutionary War veterans in my family lines
  • Applied for membership to the Daughters of American Revolution
  • Began working on a family heritage scrapbook
  • Learned enough about web hosts, FTP, image compression, and HTML to create this web site!