--- for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
--- for my wonderful loving wife, Angel Linda, who makes every day, and every meal, special.
--- for my two beautiful and smart daughters, and Tami's husband, who work so hard to do so well in order to live securely and happily.
--- for my five precious grandchildren, so innocent and with so much potential, and so much fun to be with.
--- for my enthusiastic father, who provided a large New England ancestry to research, and passed on an undying love for the games of baseball and football.
--- for my loving mother, so patient, supportive and kind, who saved so much family history and whose ancestry provides such fascinating research challenges.
--- for my brothers, their wives and children, who are interested in the family history and remember more than I do about our growing up years.
--- for my grandparents and earlier ancestors, who worked hard, played by the rules, raised healthy families, and provided a firm foundation for their descendants.
--- for my aunts, uncles and cousins, who opened their homes and their hearts and shared their memories.
--- for the brave passengers on the Mayflower and other early ships who colonized New England, and instilled a republican form of government based on personal freedom and responsibility.
--- for the immigrants that populated our country, diversified our culture, worked hard to succeed, and are woven into the country's fabric.
--- for the courageous citizens who revolted to secure our freedoms, and created the institutions that are the foundations of the USA.
--- for the soldiers, sailors, marines and pilots, of every historical time, who have given their lives, defended our country, and kept us safe and free.
--- for the entire Constitution and Bill of Rights - especially the freedoms of speech, religion and assembly. I am awestruck that the Founders wrote such a magnificent set of documents that have stood the test of time.
--- for educational opportunities, whereby every and any person in this country can be the best that they can be, but they have to really make an effort.
--- for the free market and free enterprise economic system that encourages and rewards work and innovation, and has allowed me and my family to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
--- for the marvels of science and engineering, that drive our health, transportation, communication and entertainment industries.
--- for the wonders of nature that beautify our world, inspire us and occasionally overwhelm us.
--- for my genealogy society colleagues, genea-bloggers, blog readers, Facebook friends and Google+ circle members who challenge, educate, encourage and appreciate me.
--- for Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, FamilySearch.org, GenealogyBank, Geni, MyHeritage, FindMyPast, AmericanAncestors, Find A Grave, and other genealogy websites that provide online databases and records to explore into the wee hours of the night.
--- for genealogy software that organizes our family structures and provides incredible reports and charts to share with our families.
--- for repositories that collect, preserve and provide papers, records, photographs, books, manuscripts and artifacts to expand our research.
--- for genealogy conferences, societies, magazines, books, newsletters, webinars, hangouts, and social media that inform and educate us.
This year, I am really thankful for good health and the joys of going out to dinner with my wife on Thanksgiving (so she doesn't drop another frozen turkey on her toes and I have to cook it.)
What are you thankful for on this 154th Thanksgiving holiday?
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