Saturday, December 29, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Did Santa Bring You?

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1) What gift that you received for Christmas is your favorite for genealogy purposes? Book, magazine, hardware, software, website subscription, research time, DNA test - what was it, and how will it affect your genealogy research?

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+ in response to this post.

 Come on, spill!  And it's OK to respond to this in the days after Saturday too!

Since I am writing this several days before Christmas, and am up near the Russian River without a w-fi connection with my brother-in-law when this post will publish, and I have no clue what I'm getting (lumps of genealogy coal?), I will write a separate post with my own response!

UPDATED 3 p.m.:  We've been having a fantastic time looking through family pictures and papers and trying to figure out who all of the people in the photographs and papers are, and how they relate to us.  My extensive genealogical database in RootsMagic has been a Godsend - Paul names someone and I try to find them in the database.  

My best Christmas gift for genealogical purposes?  The most useful gift was an Acer 15.6" laptop computer (8 gb memory, 1 tb hard drive) with Windows 7, that we bought at Costco on sale as they closed out their Windows 7 machines.  I wanted Windows 7 so that everything I have on the desktop will be compatible with the new laptop.  This should help me access the Internet while watching TV, make it easier to do presentations at genealogical societies, and be lighter and smaller to take on research trips and to conferences. 

The best family history gift was a CDROM with over 500 photos on it sent by Linda's cousin, Bonnie, up in Washington with many Leland family pictures on it, plus family history reports.  Paul and I have been looking through it today.  We're having fun, fun, fun while we're with family!
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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver


Cheri Hudson Passey said...

Santa brought me a Flp-Pal Scanner! I am so excited to use it when I visit my Mom's cousin next month. She has pictures for me to scan!

Liz said...

Randy, here's mine:


DearMYRTLE said...

Mr. Myrt gave a most creative GeneaGift. See:

Amy Urman said...

Here is my response to your Saturday Night Fun challenge

Thank you for the challenge!

Sonja Hunter said...

Since I just got home and won't have a chance to blog about my favorite genealogy gift for several days (at least) I'll just comment here. I received an old map (not a historical one) for my home town. I plan to mark it with all of the places my ancestors lived (color coded by family) so I can better see how all the locations fit together. I can't wait to get started!

Anonymous said...

I recieved a boat load (can you tell I've been researching immigration?) of things. I recieved the 2012 familytreemaker since we learned there will not be a 2013. I recieved a collapible roller cart to carry laptop, books and other items to the classes I teach. I recieved the genealogy book, "Tracing Your European Roots," by W. Daniel Quillen, just published in 2012, it's great for beginnig European research. I recieved some sticky pads that are prepinted to add source information, and a similar stamp. But the best gift was a set of business cards that indicate that I am a family genealogist, for all those times I'm asked. My husband thought of that one all by himself.

Diana Ritchie said...

I know I'm past late, but here's my post at Random Relatives:

Thanks Randy - this was fun!!

Ann said...

Thanks for a great post idea!

Lenka said...

I can better see how all the locations fit together. I can't wait to get started!
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