SNGF ~ My Genea-Bucket List


On Bart, coming home from a great day in San Francisco I saw Randy Seaver's "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" mission for this evening and I couldn't help but think I needed to do a post on this, plus I knew I had the time when I got home to do so. Here is his SNGF challenge for tonight.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

Knowing that a “Bucket List” is a wish list of things to do before death:

1) What is on your Genealogy Bucket List? What research locations do you want to visit? Are there genea-people that you want to meet and share with? What do you want to accomplish with your genealogy research? List a minimum of three items – more if you want!

2) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own (please give me a link in Comments), a comment to this post in Comments, or a status line or comment on Facebook.

Think big! Have fun! Life is short – do genealogy first!

I look at a bucket list as places I want to go.

 If you follow my blog at all, MANY of you should be able to guess where my first choice of  genealogy travel would take me.

Did you read my series, The Great Swedish Adventure? Then you guessed it!

1. Sweden! If you are unaware of that series, my biological paternal grandfather, Erik Hjalmer Lundberg was born in Viksjö, Sweden. A cousin who lives in Sweden, not far from there has found my blog and we have been communicating for almost a year. My cousin has been very enthusiastic and can show me a lot over there, plus I want to meet him and all of the rest of the family! I am planning a trip to Sweden next year.

2. My second choice is Norway. I have three different great grandparents who immigrated from Norway. They are: A maternal great grandfather, Paul Hardin Johansen (Harding) from Kragaro. His wife, my great grandmother, Dagny Dulin, from Bergen, and a paternal great grandfather, Halvor Torgelson Westby, from Trysil. I have information on a cousin in the Westby line, but haven't made any contact yet. It would be so ideal to add Norway to my Sweden trip next year don't you think?

3. I would also like to go to Minnesota, where my biological paternal grandparents settled upon immigration to this country. This would include the Wadena and Koochiching County areas. 

4. Visit all of the other places I have cousins and family living, so I can meet them! Also included here would be other areas family has come from. This is a constant upgraded list which right now includes, Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma, Montana, Texas, New York, California (different areas around the state) and Pennsylvania.

So for now I am really working on my first choice, not sure if I will be able to included anything from the second on my list or not, it would be a shame if I couldn't, after all I would be so close. There is a bit of a problem with that though as we have plans for another trip to another country next year also. As much as I would like to do it all, sometimes I just can't. I am going to push my limits though as far as I can!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved


  1. Great bucket list, Cheryl, and hoping they all come true! Seeing your photo of Alcatraz brings back so many memories of my years growing up in Northern Cal . . . miss it . . . I did that tour of Alcatraz and it's full of interesting history.

    I also love the new look of your blog . . . outstanding!

  2. Hi Cheryl! It is a great bucket list you have! I think it's a good idea to have a bucket list and to have a goal with what you do.
    But as you write: sometimes you just can not do everything you want ;(... but you try as much as possible, of course ..:)
    Good Luck! ..
    Welcome to Sweden!

  3. I am hoping to get to Sweden next year also!! And my list of ancestors include Axelina Johanson from great grandmother...what sites do you recommend for us beginners...using but will take advice from the more experienced folks!!

  4. Nancy, please send me your email if you see this!

    Send to Thanks!

  5. Great list! Sweden will be fabulous and the chance to meet a cousin face-to-face will be something you'll carry with you always.

  6. I've done the main visits I wanted to:Transylvania in 2007 (now in Romania). -- this May I found the little town in Alsace where my first German ancestor LEFT to emigrate to Transylvania, whence came my grandparents to America. I hope to post about it in the next few weeks - -right now on another theme. I'll send you a link when I do. Your bucket list is ambitious and inclusive -- spanning a lot of America and over to Sweden & Norway (latter especially gorgeous, btw -- but I haven't been there in over 40 years!)

  7. Hi Susan,
    You bet, I can't wait!

    Hi Linda,
    You are so lucky to have done the main visits you wanted to! Nice and congratulations! Please do let me know when you do the post!


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