Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Genealogy and Family History Gifts

Are you done Christmas shopping yet?  Put the wrapping paper down, and step up to your keyboard.  It's Saturday Night, and time for some Genealogy Fun!!

Rev up the olde thynking cap and cue up the Mission Impossible music - your mission should you decide to accept it - keeping with the Christmas theme - is:

1) Pick out a genealogy-oriented gift for someone you know, admire, appreciate or love. It could be for a family member, someone in the genealogy community, or a friend or colleague. Describe your genealogy gift to them? [Note: you don't have to actually gift them, although it would be a nice thing to do!]

2) Tell us about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a comment to this blog post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google Plus.

Here's mine:

1)  I would like to give the "Spirit of Genealogy" to one of my daughters and/or grandchildren. I have tried really hard to get them interested, but my daughters are really busy with family, children and careers. The grandchildren are still too young (the oldest is age 8). I tell the grandchildren stories about their ancestors, including myself, in an effort to imbue them with an interest in family history. Although the research on my own family, and the research I've done on my wife's family, is incomplete, it is fairly well defined, but there are plenty of brickwall ancestors to search for. However, the genealogy of the fathers of the grandchildren may be challenging and interesting.

2)  I would like to give a genealogy report to my wife and to my brother-in-law about the ancestry of their grandmother, Edna (McKnew) Schaffner (1884-1974).  It would include my research on the McKnew and Whittle ancestry.  I may break it into two separate reports just to make them manageable and relatively simple. 

3)  I just mailed the 24th edition of the Seaver-Richmond Family Journal to my brothers and cousins.  I described it in Advent Calendar - December 17: The Family Journal. 


Karen K said...

Hi Randy,

Wow, I know what you mean about wishing that relatives had the "spirit of genealogy." It's a bummer when your family rolls their eyes at you when you try to talk to them about family history.

Lisa Frank said...

Hi Randy,
I think everyone has someone they'd like to gift the passion for genealogy to; me included. Here's my list:

M. Diane Rogers said...

Well, I am at my son's for dinner with lots of relatives and someone said they don't have a photo of my grandmother. I was able to show them some photos of her on-line, but they will definitely get more family photos for Xmas or New Year's.