How to Win a 2011 Genealogy Desktop Calendar!

How to Win a 2011 Genealogy Desktop Calendar!

We’re so happy our three 2011 desktop calendars are available for pre-order at Family Tree Shop, that we're giving away one of each. Those include ...... the 2011 Genealogy Desktop Calendar, full of beautiful ancestor photos from Family Tree Magazine readers.... the 2011 Civil War Desk Calendar, with historical photos of readers’...

We’re so happy our three 2011 desktop calendars are available for pre-order at Family Tree Shop, that we’re giving away one of each. Those include …

… the 2011 Genealogy Desktop Calendar, full of beautiful ancestor photos from Family Tree Magazine readers.

2011 genealogy desktop calendar

… the 2011 Civil War Desk Calendar, with historical photos of readers’ Civil War ancestors, as well as camp life and other scenes, plus facts from our forthcoming book Life in Civil War America.

2011 Civil War Desk Calendar

… the 2011 Grave Humor Desk Calendar, featuring the adorable skull people from the Grave Humor book illustrator Marc McChesney.

2011 Grave Humor Desk Calendar

So how can you win a calendar?? Just click Comments at the end of this post and add a comment answering this question:

What’s one thing on your genealogy to-do list for 2011?

At 10 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday morning, Oct. 12, we’ll draw three winners—one for each calendar—from the folks who comment. We’ll announce the winners’ names in a post on Tuesday, so you’ll need to visit the Genealogy Insider blog Tuesday to see if it’s you!

PS: If you’d like info on how to Comment on Genealogy Insider blog posts, please click here.

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  1. The one thing on my genealogy to-do list for 2011 is to research the Detroit City Directory for 1940 to gather addresses for my family members. Then, when the National Archives in Chicago opens on April 2, 2012, I will be ready to use their finding aids to locate my family members on the microfilms of the 1940 U.S. Census. I like to plan ahead!!

  2. Hi,
    The one thing on my genealogy to-do list for 2011 is to:
    research for one of the emigrants in my family: Johan August Johnson, who emigrated 1892 from Bor&#229;s, V&#228;sterg&#246;tland. I have been searching a lot and have found his two siblings who also emigrated,(I have also found their famliys) Emil emigrated from Sweden 1882 and Jennie Amalia who emigrated with Johan August in 1892. I would also love to continue and help people who have Swedish roots, I can search in all parishes in Sweden.

    Best Regards from
    Yvonne in Sweden

  3. One of my major goals for 2011 is to get an appointment with the CT Department of Health (there are only 4 appts per week allowed) to research the marriage records and hopefully find two sets of my great-grandparents. I have narrowed down the time period within 18 months for both sets, but cannot find them at the town level.

  4. Thanks for the chance to win! The one thing I’d like to do in 2011 is finish the documentation to join the Huguenot Society. It’s been difficult working with &quot;burned&quot; county records to find what I need.

  5. Hoping for a subscription to for Christmas so I can get through the &quot;brick wall&quot; trying to find my husband’s Scottish relatives. It seems like none of them kept any records!

  6. My goal for 2011 is to prepare the documentation for my husband’s lines to join the Ohio Genealogical Society’s lineage groups. I am already a member of these groups, but want to add his lines as well for our children and grandchildren.

  7. One of my 2011 projects is to make contact with someone connected with the Harford Fair in Harford, PA to see what more they can tell me about Fowler Peck (one of my &quot;brickwalls&quot;) who donated the land where the fair has been held for over 50 years.

  8. In 2011, I want to get all of the birth, marriage and death certificates for my parents, grandparents, great grandparents and great great grandparents, after I learn where they all are from.

  9. Good question. Top of my to-do list is to actually sort and enter all the information I’ve collected and put in piles. Once that is done, I will have a much clearer (I hope) picture of what to do next!!

    Have a great day! Denise Coughlin

  10. I know the ship &quot;American&quot; brought my Robinson ancestors to New York in 1841 but I have been unable to locate any drawing or picture and descriptions of this vessel. Hopefully, I shall locate this info in 2011! Thanx for a great magazine!! Jim Turner

  11. One of the items on my 2011 To Do List is to do more in-depth research on my Civil War ancestors as well as the other family members who served in the CW. I want to learn about their regiments and the campaigns they were in.

  12. My genealogy goal for 2011 is to do my homework on what I need to research and then (finally!) convince my very good friend, Jan, to take a road-trip to Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN.

  13. My number one goal for 2011 is to organize my sources and record them immediately instead of waiting till after I research, especially since the research part always gets in the way. πŸ™‚

    Jackie Fry

  14. My goal for 2011 is to input all the information that I have into my family tree, make folders &amp; file. Would like to have all this done by Nov. 2011 before I make a trip to SLC. And to do a back up in the family tree.

  15. The one thing that tops my list of &quot;to dos&quot; for 2011 is to find my McCarton family who came over from Ireland in the early 1800s. So far all I have found is brick walls, but I am stubborn! I know that there are records somewhere that will help me, so I will just keep digging.

  16. I want to find out which Baltimore hospital my great-great-grandmother worked in as a Civil War nurse for the Union. I have some letters she wrote from a Baltimore hospital, but where was it?
    P.S. Today is my birthday!!!

  17. What I would like to do in 2011 is to track down my paternal side of the family. My parents divorced when I was a baby so I know nothing of my fathers family. All I know is my paternal grandmothers name but nothing else. I would love to find out what my paternal grandfathers first name is since he legally changed his surname after being in the Chain Gang in Georgia. I’m only a 2nd generation &quot;Stuart&quot; and would love to find my &quot;Haywood&quot; roots!!

  18. I want to brake through a couple of brick walls. Grandparents on my mother and fathers side came from Ireland and certain records have been hard to locate.
    I have my maternal grandfathers marriage certificate but not his birth certificate. I also have my paternal great grandfathers naturalization papers but have not located he or his wife in Ireland.
    I will join a local genealogy society that meets every month.
    I also plan on spending more time at the local Latter Day Saints Center and travelling to the Pittsfield Library and NARA in Massachusettes.
    These walls are coming down.
    Joe Thorpe

  19. I want to be able to locate birth and marriage records in Poland of many ancestors to prove a name change.
    I want to be able to connect 3 major trees together, CLAMAGE, CLEMAGE &amp; KLIMIST.

  20. DIGITIZE!!! My records, my photos — and anyone else’s, in the family, who will let me; my research log, my dog, my cat, my husband … well, maybe I won’t have enough time in in *one* year. But isn’t that just like family research? It never ends, which is why I need a genealogy calendar.

  21. I think my biggest goal is to be more consistent with my time. My biggest regret is being so hot and cold with my genealogy. I’ll spend two months doing nothing but genealogy, then take three months off. So I guess I really just want to manage my time better!

  22. My number one goal is to find a way to scan and organize, on my computer, copies of all the papers and pictures in my documentation files (plastic file boxes). Ultimate goal to share them with my family on CDs.

  23. The same as it is every year….spend a couple of months in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois visiting family gravesites and as many of the home areas of those families as possible….one of these days!

  24. I have been at a brick wall with my great-great-great grandfather, he came to America in 1845 and was registered at a local church at one of the 1st of 20 members to join, but by 1850 I can’t find him. So I plan to re-start my research in 2011 to find out just what happened to him.

  25. in 2011, i really plan to find out which of several wrays in nashville 1790 is the father of my ancestor samuel wray born 1821. there were several brothers that signed the nashboro compact, but i am having a heck of a time figuring out which was his father or possibly grandfather. i’ll be traveling to nashville and spending a week there to work in the archives and also using dna results from my father and another wray researcher that matched on 37 alleles. i also hope to find the father of my husband’s ancestor caleb lemons of jackson co, tn at the same time

  26. One thing we’d like to do is make it back to Fayette Co, PA to research both some of my beautiful wife’s line that she’s stuck on but also mine that I’ve found to have lived there at one time. One other thing I’d like to do is to document enough of my line to be admitted to the SAR on one of the three ancestors that were Revolutionary War Veterans, a long dream of my father.

  27. I would like to break through the &quot;brick wall&quot; for my mother’s grandmother and grandfather in San Francisco CA. Having trouble because of the earthquake. So maybe 2011 will be the year!!!

  28. On my 2011 to do list is to set up my Roots magic program on my new computer and find my long lost Great Uncle on maternal side of the family. A new calendar would be very helpful in the new year. Jo Ann

  29. My goal next year is to try and locate a death record for my great-great grandmother, Catherine Mathieson Stacey (born: Scotland, abt. 1858) and died either in Ontario, Canada or somewhere between there and North Dakota! I have absolutely no idea how to go about it, already had one volunteer researcher look in records in Ottertail County, Minnesota with no results. This is what makes genealogy fascinating and frustrating!

  30. The one thing on my genealogy to-do list for 2011 is to join a subscription database, at least for one year, to get more info than found already by usual means to the various lines of research in expanding my genealogies. Time to break a lot of brick-walls and connect unlinked families (with a calendar to keep focus). Thanks

  31. I would like to find the origins of my 2nd great grandfather, John A. Burke. Supposedly he arrived in the port of Boston about 1835 from Ireland, county unknown. He married Sarah Chandler in 1846.My great grandfather, Francis A. Burke was born in Boston? in 1848. John Burke came to California about 1850. His wife and son followed 2 years later. I can not find info on John’s arrival in Boston, his marriage or the birth of his son.

  32. Pam Sullivan Richards

    One of my 2011 goals is to locate my husband’s birth family and add them our family tree-so far this is a major roadblock. As well as trying to locate my great-great grandfather on my Mother’s side-I have a name-Duran Moore-but not one shred of history on him, since he didn’t marry my great-great grandmother, although they did have two children before he disappeared….

  33. Sharon Presswood Hinkle

    My goal for 2011 is to get what I have organized. Hoping to meet some of my family on my dad’s side I had never meet. And visiting family gravesites. Just stared doing this and it’s so fun and exciting. I hope to get my kids to help so they will know where they came from. I’m just now finding out myself. My mom never told me anything about either side. So since she passed away I’m learning things I never did. I get so lost that I forget the time and what day it is. But who cares when your having fun. My Ultimate goal is to be able to leave my kids some family pride in where they came from.

  34. My goal to take a special weekend vacation with my husband and research our family the ALFONSO ‘S who immigrated from Campobasso, Italy and then Faria / Vital/ Pacheco family who came from Brazil and Portugal at Ellis Island. I’m so excited about researching my family that it feels like Christmas all over again. My favorite thing is scrapbooking and this hobby falls right into place.I came across a cousin who was also researching our family and he sented me pictures of our family I never knew about. That really made my day! How fortunate
    my children are to actually see five generations of relatives with names to their faces. PAT

  35. My goal is to finish writing a middle-grade novel based on my great grandfather. He grew up in Detroit in the mid 1800’s. It was a time when Detroit was known as the Paris of the West. Thomas Edison was a newsboy and had a train car for a laboratory. My great grandfather was an inventor too only his patents were stolen from him which is the main theme of my story.

  36. Patricia de Bruijn-McDonald

    My goal for 2011 is to located where my great grandfather was born in Canada and his parents names, as well my great grandmother’s parents. Also try to locate how they immigrated to California in 1868/9. Also to get all of the McDonald descendants a copy of their ancestry to them so that each of our family member will have it.

  37. Patricia de Bruijn-McDonald

    My goal for 2011 is to locate where my great grandfather was born in Canada and also his parents names. I also want to be able to have our family history completed so that I can send out copies to each of my family members so that we all have a copy.

  38. My goal for 2011 is to visit my great-aunts and great-uncles more than once a year. I purchased a camcorder, so I cant wait for our visits that we plan next month. I also want to add more pages to my Canvas Book.

  39. This year, I will attend the ‘Grain of Wheat Ceremony’ in Middletown, PA, Dauphin County, at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Kierch. My DAR patriot, David Gotlieb Ettle, walked from Middletown to Philadelphia and back with his friend, Christian Roth, and petitioned the emisary of King George III for permission to build the church in Middletown. This was done in 1754. They built the church, and the rent was fixed as 5 grains of wheat for the land that the church occupies. The rent still holds, and every 5 years, there is a ceremony when the rent is paid, usually by a descendant of the founders of Middletown. During the Revolutionary War, David signed the original Letter of Intent, and then provided food, forrage and animals to the Continental Army. His sons fought with the Pennsylvania Militia.

  40. My number one goal for 2011 is to reconnect. I want to find living relatives in my family tree and reconnect to share with them the genealogical gems that I have found. My family reaches back to the 1700s, but I think it is important to reach out to those alive to share, get information, and to make a connection. I have already sent letters to my Great Grandfather’s living grandchildren (who would be my 2nd cousins). I have already received one letter and some suprising news of a relative being alive that I assumed had passed. Off to a good start!!


  42. My goal is to start collecting and entering all my families more current information. I have been focusing on all the older info lately and realized that alot of the new info
    that I know is not documented. Another of my goals is to finish entering all my records that I already have into the computer on my FTM . But genealogy is really a never ending thing, it can go on and on. As long as theres life theres genealogy info to gather.

  43. I’d like to get one of my female ancestors listed as an approved DAR patriot. I know she was with a group of women who captured a British spy, I just need to get all the documentation together.

  44. I plan to go back through all of the information I have collected and be sure it is entered into my Family Tree program. I am doing a One-Name-Study of the SANDBACH surname and have collected a lot of information that is not entered anywhere yet!

  45. I plan to add another generation to my family tree; after I double check that what I have on the tree is absolutely correct. Because lost relatives come back to haunt me. My trees have common names such as Jones and Robinson and it can be confusing.

  46. My major goal for 2011 is to start writing up a story on the Kraher side of my family so that I can share it with other family members. Then I need to work more on my brick wall finding where Jacob Gillen came from in Germany.

  47. My goal for 2010 was to have my family history completed by Christmas for my family members. I do not think I’m going to make it, so that will be my 2011 priority. I’ve been working on it, off and on, for years, and now I’m 86, so there is some urgency to complete it. After that, Mary Ann Pierson (b.1816, NY) and Samuel Moore (b.1762, probably NJ) need to have their ancestors discovered. Then there is the organizing of my many notes and printouts. In fact, I can relate to most of the above for my to do list!! So much to accomplish!

    Muriel S. Parker

  48. My goal is to get (re)organized … I have materials on three different computers, hardcopies, and miscellaneous notes. It’s time to get it all together and consolidated — so I can start making more progress!

  49. Delightful calendars!

    My resolutions: to get serious about posting all the magnificent information that my aunt has given me about the McCaffertys; to go through all the pictures in the boxes in my husband’s grandmother’s trunk; to photograph all the gravesites of my husband’s relatives that surround our small town; and to pass this knowledge on to our children.

  50. My goal for 2011 is to go paperless! I want to get all of my genealogy files scanned into the computer and entered into my notes so I can see what I really have and avoid any duplicate work. On a grander scale, I’m hoping to take a genealogy trip to Erie County, New York and Ontario, Canada…&quot;-)

  51. There are several thing that need to happen in 2011. I need to get organized with all the paper work I have and get all my source citations in correctly. Also, I know my ancestors got to this country from Poland, but cannot find them on any ship coming here…have to dig harder. This I believe is only a small portion of what needs to be done.

  52. Several Family Tree articles have prompted me to get organized (I thought I was!) and document the many items I’ve already discovered! I am 70 so I hear Father Time’s footsteps behind me; keep sending us those GREAT ideas to find our ancestors!

  53. I recently attended a workshop on the topic of organization. The speaker was very inspiring and I immediately went home to begin to use his method. Of course this meant redoing my entire system. I now have half of my research in his style and half in mine, since I would rather do research then clean up my files. My goal for 2011 is to complete the clean up and finally get all this paperwork off my desk. πŸ™‚

  54. My goal for 2011 is to get my files organized &amp; spend more time doing research on my family tree. I also hope to find out why my Great Grandfather on my Mom’s side of the family went by at least six (6) different last names (Pigg, Pique, Pigue, Ping, Pittman, Dees).

  55. My number 1 goal for 2011 is to have all the info together so my husband can be a member of Mayflower Descendants. I’ve been trying for several years to compile the info needed. I think I’ll have it all in 2011.

  56. In 2011 I really want to write up all the masses of research items I have collected for my Ancestor, Thomas Ladyman (1705) and his descendants. It will be more useful to my family that way!
    A desk calendar would surely keep me on track to my goal.

    Pamela Kirkham

  57. 08 October 2010 23:50:26 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
    In 2011 I really want to write up all the masses of research items I have collected for my Ancestor, Thomas Ladyman (1705) and his descendants. It will be more useful to my family that way!
    A desk calendar would surely keep me on track to my goal.

    Pamela Kirkham

  58. I would love to be able to find my great great great grand father who came to America from Ireland around 1853. I’ve seemed to have hit a dead end on where he left Ireland and on what ship he came here. The first place I’ve found him was in Ontario, Canada. Now that I’m retired, I hope to be able to find the informaion I need.
    Don O’Toole

  59. For 2011, my to do list includes trying to find more info on my mother’s mother. I don’t even have her birth certificate after years of trying. She was very closed mouthed about her personal life and history….maybe there is some deep, dark secret there!

  60. My list includes finding records of my great grandfather. I was told he had a heavy brough accent and most felt he was German; however, he claimed he was from Luxembourgh. His wife was born in Luxembourgh, but our family researchers are unable to find any documentation to support that he was born there.

  61. I am determined to organize my genealogy files in a better way – I am the &quot;family&quot; historian and have all kinds of information, family trees and photos that people have sent me, in addition to what I generate. I will get these files in order in 2011 so I can eventually produce a booklet for the whole family – who knows, maybe next year I will produce a calendar!

  62. At the age of 60 through DNA I’ve learned that the man on my birth cretificate is not my biological father. I want to learn more about how to decipher DNA results so that when people contact me with leads I can understand where the results are leading.

  63. I’d be more inclined to purchase the calendars – I’m intrigued by Grave Humor Calendar!- if there was a Look Inside feature to see what an individual calendar page might look like. The one thing I’d like to accomplish in 2011 is find the missing years where my 1790s Georgia ancestor’s migrated to 1820s Tennessee.

  64. What I would like to accomplish in the year 2011 is to find out more about the indian background of my father’s family line. I would like to find the graves of some of my husband’s family. The year 2011 is going to be a very busy year for me because I am going to try and put a book together with the information that I have on my family and my husband’s. I love family tree magazine and everything they are doing to make genealogy fun and interesting. I am learning alot just by reading their magazine and newsletters. I want to thank ya’ll for your hard work and dedication.

  65. What’s one thing on your genealogy to-do list for 2011?
    One thing on my genealogy to-do list for 2011 is to go back through my files and re-read everything. I entered information so quickly that I think I may have missed some things. After reading articles on genealogy, I see that there is information in birth, death, marriage, newspaper, land, census, and tax records that I might have missed. This will take some time, but it is #1 for me!

  66. For 2011 I want to attach all digital files to the corresponding ancestor in my Legacy database. That always sounds simple enough, until I open my folders and remember just how many documents we are talking about!


  67. I’d really like to get to complete notes on some of the folks that I have research on, I have them in place in my program but when they were entered, I didn’t have time to enter the notes, thinking I would remember everything,but I don’t, so the notes need to go in ASAP

  68. My goal for 2011 is to hopefully continue to break down my brick wall(s) on my Smith lines. My mother maiden name was Smith and she married my father also a Smith. So I have two direct Smith lines plus a step-Smith line. My mother’s grandmother was married twice. 1st to my mother grandfather James Smith. Second to a Elijah Smith. Neither of these lines yet connect.

  69. My goal for 2011 is to locate my grandmother’s parents. So far only record is an 1880 census record. Her mother died when she was 6 years old and father left and children were raised by other families. This is a gigantic brick wall in my grandmothers and my family tree.

  70. Recently I found a death date for my second cousin posted on a family tree on the web. I called my cousin and asked if she had heard that second cousin Helen had died, and my cousin said she hadn’t heard a thing about it. Fortunitly, Helen was alive but had moved and I just got a lead to were she is. The week end staff at the rest home couldn’t find her in theirs but they have three so first thing Monday, I’m looking my my oldest Living relative. The other ones can wait awhile being they most likely aren’t moving. It was a good reminder for me to visit more often.

  71. For 2011, I’m planning another 14 day genealogy road trip up north (from Orlando). Will be phtographing family headstones in cemeteries in NY, CT, NJ and RI. This is to work on my on going project to record and photograph all of the graves of my relatives. I don’t expect to finish in 2011 as I have over 225 cemeteries but I’m pretty darn close to finishing!

  72. 2011 genealogical ambitions: I plan to get our officials to finally let us use the Regional Library’s meeting rooms for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. They have finally been completed and ready for use. It will be great to have meetings where we can adjourn to the research room afterward. Our genealogical society has been waiting for five years!

  73. For the year 2011: I would like to put my ancestors pictures into frames and hang them on the wall. That way I could think of them even more often. Perhaps they would remind me to keep looking for new information. They are doing anything just sitting in a drawer!

  74. Mary Jane [Welsh ] Fincher

    We plan to visit our son and daughter-in-law in Germany and search the books and graveyards in the area where my ancesters are from. Have printed maps of the towns and located graveyards. Talked to family and gotten actual addresses so can take pics of ancestral homes. There may even be some new relatives to meet. Very excited to do this. My husband has lung cancer and is trying very hard to be well enough to travel to Germany. It is an uphill battle. Our genealogy research and new finds keep him interested in going on.

  75. I want to keep scanning and organizing to get rid of the great jumble of genealogy-related paper I have accumulated over the past 30 or 40 years, then get the files onto DVDs so other family members can carry on the research.