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About this project

To this point, I have funded all research, travel, equipment, and other expenses to dig into my family history many of the stories of which can be found on my daily blog, timetokeepitsimple.blogspot.com. Obviously, this has come on a pretty tight budget and has hindered my ability to really try and answer some of the more difficult questions that still remain. 

The most recent immigrants in my family when looking at all blood lines on both sides came to the United States around 1850. Countless lines predate these Irish ancestors in their arrival with come even being Native Americans. Throughout my families history there have been mysterious births, questionable deaths, and heroic acts. Some answers have been found but many mysteries still remain. The purpose of this project is not only to find those elusive answers but also to give shape and character to the lives of my ancestors and tell their stories, as eventful or uneventful as they may be, to the world.

In case you are wondering, here are just a few of the ways that funds will be used: 

1. Hiring professional genealogists to find some of the documents that have seemingly disappeared. Sometimes it is more efficient to hire someone to find certain items while researching other lines. 

2. Traveling to the locations where my ancestors lived, fought, died, etc. The documents are only one part of family history, the structure of the story, while the places give the characters life.  

3. Document the process, travel, and findings that will provide certain aspects to the final publication. After all, in the end, this will be a book of both stories and discoveries.  

Risks and challenges

The challenges that could be encountered during this project really comes down to the simple fact that there is the possibility that the documents that I am trying to find no longer exist. However, there is opportunity in such challenges as we can explore the many possible scenarios leveraging information and documentation that has already been discovered about those ancestors.

At the same time, another challenge is that some documents and/or files take time to secure. You can locate where they are and then wait for them to be sent. This is why I cannot focus on one line at a time. It is prudent to trace multiple lines at the same time to fill in the expected down time.

The biggest risk in completing this project on schedule is the simple factor of time. My time is limited and I am setting aside specific blocks on a weekly basis as well as larger blocks during the year to devote to this project. However, I have a regular job, an extra job, a daily blog that I maintain, and a young family. Time it precious which is also why I am motivated to move forward with this project at this time.

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