New Year, Deeper Roots

2018 was a struggle punctuated by some really good moments and some really, really hard moments. I’m glad it’s over. Usually, I’m not one to set new year’s resolutions, but I feel like starting this year off with some clear challenges and goals.

I was really excited to get this website and my Grow Your Roots project started last year, but fell way short when it came to where I wanted to go with it. So, this year, I am setting some reasonable ambitions for it.

  1. Post weekly, I have chosen Sunday for posting

Um, that’s actually the only solid goal I’ve set.

BUT, I have a solid list of topics and ambitions for the project itself, which encompasses family history and gardening. Here are some of my more particular goals for the year:

  1. Solidify, confirm, and cite the several generations of Swedish and Danish ancestors  I discovered in 2018
  2. Track down my grandmother’s grandmothers…one was Norwegian, the other Dutch
  3. Continue trying to solve the mystery of James Oscar Adsit/Petersen (I may need to do more DNA testing)
  4. Contact the owners of Todd’s Hall family farm in Viroqua. AND visit it!
  5. Begin researching Todd’s family
  6. Improve my storage system for family photos and heirlooms
  7. Improve my Iris beds, and continue to collect historic varieties
  8. Continue planning and expanding my heritage garden (inside and out)
  9. Visit more cemeteries, court houses, libraries, and archives

I’m hoping some of these ideas will translate into great posts and stories. I also hope I finally make good on some of my previous posts’ promise of follow-ups!

Well, this is a short and sweet post, but it’s a start!

I look forward to the year and sharing my family history and horticulture stories with you all.



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