Saturday, November 19, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Thanksgiving Edition

Hey genea-philes ... it's SATURDAY NIGHT again - time for more GENEALOGY FUN!!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Think about the answers to these questions:

a.  Which ancestor are you most thankful for, and why?

b.  Which author (book, periodical, website, etc.) are you most thankful for, and why?

c.  Which historical record set (paper or website) are you most thankful for, and why?

2)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own; in a comment to this blog post; in a Facebook status line or a Google Plus stream post.

Here's mine:

a.  The ancestor that I'm most thankful for my great-grandmother, Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944) because she saved all of the Smith and Carringer papers and photographs for several generations, including her own scrapbook with wonderful playbills, articles, calling cards, etc.  My grandfather, Lyle L. Carringer, and my mother, Betty (Carringer) Seaver, kept them also, but Della is the one who created many of them and kept them through travels across the country to San Diego.

b.  The author that I'm most thankful for is Elizabeth Shown Mills, who has not only written and edited "Bibles" and periodicals of the genealogy industry, makes wonderful presentations, and  encourages and educates many researchers through email and mailing lists. 

c.  The historical record set that I am most thankful for is the Revolutionary War Pension Files (National Archives files, images on because they provide significant detail about several ancestral families and the soldier's service; many of the facts would not be known without these files. 


Dorene from Ohio said...

Randy - Thanks for a special edition of SNGF! Here is my post:


Liz said...

Here's my post:

ErikTheRedder said...

Twitter fan here! Here are my answers:

a. I'm most thankful for my ancestor Nicholas Hutchins, who was the patriarch of my grandfather's family line.

b. I don't have a particular author I'm thankful for, but I am very grateful for the forums at, which got me in touch with distant relatives who had actually authored a book on our ancestors.

c. I've gotten a lot of use out of (using my library's subscription).


Unknown said...

Hi, Randy - Here's my post:

Jenny Jones said...

stosedsA little late, but better late...

Geolover said...

Randy, thank you for the timely and thought-provoking questions. My post is here:

Tessa Keough said...

I am late but here is my post:

Susi's Quarter said...

Not sure where went but sent at 5 a m.

Thanks for this topic, It is a good reflective item for this time of year.

Yes, have Linda buy you a ticket to the Spring Seminar for CVGS. She will not probably get a better bargain.

Anonymous said...

I know it's now Monday but here is my response to this challenge:

Wendy said...

Here is my post: