So much to do, too little time. I know that I’m not the only one that feels this way.
With 5 young children looking to me for their cuddles, food, schooling, safety, entertainment and general happiness, I don’t always have the amount of free time I want.
And what time I get is usually in the wee hours of the night – like now. I’m lying on the floor of our hotel room, typing by the light of the nearby bathroom, while everyone else is blissfully slumbering. Pretty pathetic, huh? I take what I can get though!
Anyway, I have all of these things that I want to research, but I have to keep reminding myself that I need to be more focused and less frenetic. I need to quit jumping from person to person and place to place daily.
There are lines that I’m itching to research, but what I really need to be doing over these next 3 weeks is coming up with my game plan for our trip. I need to have super-specific lists of what I’m looking for. I need to do my homework before arriving at these places. What resources do they have? What hours are they open? Directions please! Fees? How many rolls of quarters am I going to need??
So, I am forcing myself to focus on the following lines and places for the next few weeks. I would hate to show up unprepared and waste my very precious time.
- The Davidson and Stafford families in Leavenworth county, Kansas. I’m specifically looking for their probate records at the library in Topeka. (Note to Andy’s parents: Don’t worry I promise this is the only morning I’ll spend with my nose in the microfiche!!)
- Talbot in Warren county, Missouri. I need to find out more info on Dr. James Talbott to see if he is my Sophia’s father.
- Pottgen in Alton, Illinois.
- Weeks and Parks in Clark and Scott counties, Indiana.
- Baker, Campbell, Pierce, Galbreath families in Indiana and Jefferson counties, PA.
- Woods, Leonard, and Spencer in Niagara county, NY.
- Agee, Lee, Glass, Moorman, Hensley and Hilton in Patrick, Roanoke, Montgomery, Bedford, Franklin, and Halifax counties, Virginia. (They moved around a lot! Looks like I will be spending a few days in VA.)
I think that’s it. It’s quite a long list, I know. I’m excited for this opportunity though and don’t want to pass it up. A free vacation sponsored by the Army only comes around every 3-4 years.