Dec 242016
 

Christmas Tree

So, here we go again … another year older, fatter and not necessarily any wiser.

We would like to wish all our family, relatives, friends, visitors and especially our Contributors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please also raise a glass to our ancestors, without whom none of us would be here today.

We broke the 13,000 people and 11,000 image barrier in 2016, even though I haven’t really had a lot of time to spare on research this year. It was all mainly due to a chunky update in April. We’re also heading towards the 250,000 page view total for the site!

Once again, I haven’t managed to get anything published since April, which is a lot less than I try to do. I’m currently around half-way (this is an optimistic guess) through yet another humongous branch of the Goodman Close skeleton that I built in April 2013 and have been chipping away at ever since. This originated from “The Descendants of Goodman John Close of Fairfield, Connecticut”; a huge piece of research by Karen Eileen Close Goodman spanning over 30 years. Again, many thanks for letting us use this Karen. So far this year I’ve added another 1,000+ people and countless images.  … but haven’t reached a point where I can actually put the current work online. So, you’ll have to bear with me for a bit (another optimistic guess) longer. It sometimes seems that the more I find, the more there is to find.

Following that I have a number of projects in the pipeline which will certainly add more value, but when I’ll actually get around to them is anybody’s guess. So please bear with me and do please keep the contributions coming, I will get through them all eventually.

Finally, many thanks to everyone who has contacted me over the past year with various things. I try to answer everyone, so keep these coming. I’m always happy to hear about your research and offer advice whereever I can.

So, have a great Christmas and here’s to a prosperous and productive 2017.

Andy

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