Bye bye 2015 and so many projects for 2016!

2016 bilan2015 proved to be a very productive year with regard to my blog. Let’s see: I only published 6 posts in 2013 and the following year it increased to 23; not bad considering some personal issues I had to deal with in 2014. This past year, no fewer than 80 posts were finalized (excluding this one)! I have received very positive comments for which I am very appreciative as English is not my first language.

I am going to repeat myself but all this would not have been possible without Amy Johnson Crow who provided me with a much-needed boost to help me becoming a more dedicated writer. Amy made me realize I needed to plan my posts for periods during which I couldn’t write because of my professional duties so that a regular rate of publications be sustained. Thank you, Amy!

Some 26 posts were published in June for the French Challenge A to Z initiated by Sophie Boudarel, so I owe her a lot too. Merci, Sophie!

A special thanks to Gail Dever for her interest in The Bangle Files. She is also a source of motivation! Thank you Gail!

This past year, I also tried to initiate the Genealogy-Do-Over project but I hardly started it, it went by too fast. Accomplishing a task each week was way too much for me given my regular job tight schedule. In 2016, I therefore intend to do the Genealogy-Do-Over as it is now presented on a monthly basis (which sounds more suitable for me); so here we go 2016!

What’s in store for me in 2016?


  • I wish to continue blogging, each Saturday, if possible, even if the 52 Ancestors Challenge ceases to exist. As before, I will alternate between a Quebec ancestor and an American one.
  • The Bangle Files are progressing very well. Don’t worry people! I have stuff to cover the whole year, that is 26 posts about the Bangles, to be published every other Wednesday (next article will be issued on January 13).
  • I will be starting a new project on January 1, 2016 that has been very close to my heart for years. All the details tomorrow morning!
  • I intend to participate in the French Challenge A to Z for which I already have a theme in store!


  • There is no way I will give up on the Tourville’s Missouri and Illinois lines (besides, this is part of my Genealogy-Do-Over and I am still finding new things).
  • I want to work on the Hubous who were living in Calvados in the 17th century. I have already identified a few families with unknown ties to my Hubous (at first sight) but who knows?


Every other Friday I take part in a great genealogy community effort initiated by Jen Baldwin on Twitter, called #genchat. You are welcome to join us (see here for topics and schedule).


For those of you living in the Montreal area, note that I am volunteering at the Société généalogique canadienne-française on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.


  • Despite a very weak Canadian dollar, I will do everything I can to attend once more the Salt Lake City Research trip next November with New England Historic and Genealogical Society (NEHGS). My task list continues to grow!
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois next August is also on my agenda. My hotel reservations are made!
  • I am planning to visit Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa for various projects.
  • Though I had to cancel my attendance at a genealogy workshop in Toronto last April, I still wish to visit the Ontario Archives in Toronto in 2016 (mainly for the Bangles).
  • I look forward going back to Chateaugay, NY as well as Addison and Grand Isle Counties in Vermont, of course.
  • I would love to return to NEHGS in Boston!

Given my personality, I need to leave room for surprises or BSOs so I have to stop here!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all geneabloggers from here and elsewhere all the best for 2016. May the New Year brings you success and peace.

I will end this post by sharing an extract of my sister’s Christmas card. As a new retiree, she has been having fun proofreading my posts in both languages and listening to my stories. Hey guys, do you think we have found a new follower?

soeurs 2[…] I wanted to tell you that I am very happy to have spent more time with you this year. I learned a lot thanks to you and I think that it is pretty cool that we now have a hobby in common.

I hope that we will be able to repeat the experience of visiting Vermont once or twice (?) for a genealogy trip in 2016. I must say (who knew?!) that it was kind of fun to visit Town Offices and take a breath of fresh air in cemeteries under the ardent sun of June…

4 thoughts on “Bye bye 2015 and so many projects for 2016!

  1. Diane, I love your posts and your productivity puts me to shame! I am vowing this year to put more time into my genealogy and to travel more–hopefully to Ohio in the spring and perhaps to Michigan, as well as Illinois. I have come into some new documents from ancestors that were given to my uncle. My cousin has passed them on to me and it’s very exciting–new mysteries, as well as clues. So my ancestor sleuthing may now take me to Iowa. I retire December 2, 2016–woohoo! One of my plans is to make it to Montreal. And of course, in retirement I will have more time to do research in Chicago and in courthouses and libraries. I look forward to reading about your adventures and hope we will finally get to meet someday!

    • Thank you Penny, it is really motivating when you know people are reading your posts, even if it is only a few 🙂 My retirement will not be before 7 or 8 years but let me assure you that I know we will meet some day, either in Old Montreal or in a Courthouse somewhere! Happy New Year Penny, all the best for 2016!

  2. Great post, I really enjoyed reading about your plans for 2016. You have motivated me to lay out my plans for next year.
    Thank you and happy new year!

    • Thank you very much Patricia! Wish you all the best for the New Year. I am glad I have inspired you 🙂

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