Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dear Genea-Santa

I've tried really hard to be a good genealogy boy this year - served my local society as President, presented at three local societies, helped several friends and colleagues with their research, added many sources to my database (I'm not done yet, though), and blogged about all of it in deathless prose, er, ramblings. However, I did not blog about the demise of Santa Claus this year like I did in a previous year. I know you appreciate that!

Genea-Santa, old friend, old buddy, can I ask you for three really special gifts that will help me in my family history research? They are:

1) The green photograph album that my Aunt Marion said that she gave to my cousin Peter many years ago. My dearly departed Aunt claimed that it had family pictures for several generations.

2) The family Bible kept by my fourth great-grandfather Russell Smith, who lived in Oneida county NY in the early 1800's. I don't know much about his parents, his wife's maiden name, his siblings, or his children, and I think that his family Bible might have information that would help me break down my Smith brick wall.

3) The letters written by Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) to his wife and children when he served in the Civil War. I'm not sure that these exist, but if they do, I would love to have them.

My list is longer, but these three will suffice for now. Perhaps some distant cousins will find more "goodies" to put under my Christmas tree.

Thank you, Genea-Santa, for listening to my pleas. I will leave a nice hot dog and a beer by the chimney for you on Christmas Eve just in case you need fortification. You can get a yummy Dove chocolate ice cream bar out of the refrigerator if you'd like. Nothing's too good for Genea-Santa - mi casa es su casa.

2 comments:

Apple said...

A hot dog and a beer! Things are different on the west coast! LOL I hope the Smith bible turns up.

Colleen Johnson, CMJ Office said...

Man, I'm posing as Santa and coming down your chimney for the hot dog, beer and chocolate ice cream bar! Of course, I will raid your cabinets for tums afterwards. LOL

Hope you get those presents. Happy Holidays.