In the first post of this 2 part post, I went over the major discoveries and happenings of 2018. In this post, I’ll be looking ahead to 2019 with some resolutions I would like to hold myself accountable for.

A disclaimer: Since I started this blog in August, it’s really more of a Partial-Year-In-Review. With that said, I’ve had a heck of a lot of fun writing this blog and reading and becoming inspired by the blogs of my new blogger friends. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read, comment on, and like my posts. It made my (partial) year!

First for some superlatives and stats:

# of Posts Published in 2018: 36

# of Bloggers Who Followed Fading, but Not Forgotten (FBNF): 25

# of Bloggers Who I Followed: 21

Biggest Discovery: This has been a big year for me and my family tree. With that said, it’s still not hard to pick the most important and exciting out of the many discoveries made: finding out the identity of the mystery 4 DiBagno sisters, my great-grandfather Giulio’s sisters who remained in Italy after her immigrated to the United States. This had been the biggest brick wall in my research, but the journey ended up being so much more than knocking down a wall. Ultimately, I became more connected with my known Di Bagno family members…and was introduced to some new ones. You can read the original post and catalyst of the story here and the amazing sequence of events that followed here.

FBNF’s Most Liked Post: Aunt Edith and the Rent, the story of my moxie-filled great aunt and what she did with the rent money, ended up at the top of the list with 10 likes.

FBNF’s Most Viewed Post:  My single minded interested in the biographies of classic film stars formed the basis for the Old Hollywood Biography Inventory post which became my most trafficked post of 2018. I guess you all like to read as much as I do!

FBNF’s Most Commented on Post: My tips and tricks guide to Using Facebook as a Genealogy Research Tool topped this list with 11 comments.

My Most Researched Post: Juror #7 and the Trials of Quincy Cramblett took several days of research, spanning many newspapers articles and records on Ancestry.com, and ended up being so lengthy that it needed to be split into two posts. I stumbled on this story doing research about my 4x great grandfather, Ross P. Frederick, who ended up having very little to do with the actual drama, but by then I was hooked.

My Personal Favorite FNBF Post: It’s hard to pick a favorite because each post meant something different to me when I was writing it, but one that held a special meaning to me was Harold Lyle Brown’s Military History: WW2 and Beyond about my grandfather’s military history, primarily as a navigator in the USAF during World War 2. He passed away just last year in 2017 and it’s still hard to believe that he’s gone. Just a short time since his passing, I learned that, through his mother’s line, we are descended from Charlemagne, King Henry I of England, Holy Roman Empress Matilda “Maude”, King Henry II of England, King John of England, and King Henry III of England. I wish I could have been able to share these discoveries with him. Having been a person who was always interested in and proud of his lineage, I think he would have really gotten a kick out of this.

The Hardest Post to Write: Heroism and Tragedy: George Zorick and the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire, the post about the family members (in my maternal grandmother’s line) who perished in the 3rd most deadly nightclub fire in United States history, was definitely the hardest to write. So many people lost their lives in this tragedy and it was really difficult for me reading the articles about what they suffered, especially considering that my family members were among them. I also struggled with how my family would react to the post, if they ended up reading it. Fortunately, when I ran the idea by them, they were very understanding and supportive. I think we all just wanted the Georges remembered for the wonderful men (and ultimately heroic, in young George’s case) that they were and I hope I was able to pay a proper tribute to their memory.

Finally, what’s a New Years post without some resolutions? I have a long list of goals this year and I hope to keep myself accountable by writing them down. In two parts, they are as follows:

Genealogy-Based New Years Resolutions for 2019:

  1. Join the DAR. My 5th great grandfather, Aaron Lyle, assures my entrée in, but I haven’t gotten around to applying yet. 2019!
  2. Research and maybe join other genealogical societies.
  3. Attend a genealogy conference.
  4. Break down my 2nd huge brick wall: Find out the identity of my great-grandmother Atelina “Atela” Scimia’s 2 mystery sisters who remained in Italy. Deja-vu…
  5. Connect with more living cousins.
  6. Order a copy of my maternal grandparents’ divorce record.
  7. Take a trip to Utah and visit the Family History Library (my husband and I are already planning our trip- hope we follow through!)
  8. Visit the Hans Herr house + at least 1 county museum, library, and/or landmark related to my family.
  9. Complete the DiBagno family genealogy book that I am working on.
  10. Start a Mihalovich family genealogy book…

Old Hollywood-Based New Years Resolutions for 2019: 

  1. Write (at least) 10 more posts in the Wampas Baby series. Each post in this series required a lot of research perusing newspaper articles and Ancestry.com’s records. As we ran into the holiday season, it became too time consuming and I had to take a break from it for a little bit. I would like to pick up the series again in 2019- we still have a ton of fabulous Wampas Babies to cover!
  2. Watch (at least) 12 classic movies that I have never seen before.
  3. Read (at least) 12 new classic movie star biographies.
  4. Continue writing the book I am working on…

Overall, 2018 was an exceptional year for my genealogy research. I made some major discoveries, started this blog and Twitter account for it (link on the lefthand sidebar of my page), seen at least 10 of my cousins and close family receive DNA tests, and have had quite a lot of fun with ALL of it! I’ll check back in on the edge of 2020 with an update on how I fared in 2019 and which resolutions were followed through with. Until then, happy New Year!