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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Gruffalo is doing 4 things including…

trace family tree


Gruffalo has written 1 entry about this goal

Tracing my Scottish roots

I have been interested for a while now in finding out about my Scottish roots. I knew that my paternal grandparents came from Scotland and that some of my family ancestors on my maternal side also had Scottish connections but I was always put off by the likeliehood of spending a lot of time and effort searching and finding no information on my ancestors especially as I have quite a common surname.

After watching some of these programs on the television about celebrities tracing their family trees I decided to search online and used some of the ideas on to make a start.

Firstly I spoke to my living relations to find out what information they knew about our Scottish family history and then using the information they gave me I used the Scotlandspeople website to look up the birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates and census information on my ancestors from Scotland.

Finding the information and tracing my Scottish roots has so far been much easier than I imagined and so far I have managed to trace my paternal side back to the mid 1800’s. I never knew that genealogy could be so addictive and interesting and my intention now is to see if I can trace them back to the 1700’s and possibly beyond during the course of this year.

Most of the information I have found to date has been achieved simply using my computer from home however it would be great to be able to visit Scotland and to walk in my ancestors footsteps and to get a real feel for what their lives were like.


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