Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Dear Genea-Santa Letter

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. Here's your chance to sit on Genea-Santa's lap (virtually) and tell him your Christmas genealogy-oriented wish list:

1) Write your Genea-Santa letter. Have you been a good genealogy girl or boy? What genealogy-oriented items are on your Christmas wish list? They could be family history items, technology items, or things that you want to pursue your ancestral quest.

2) Tell us about them in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google Stream post.

Here's mine:

Dear Genea-Santa,

I tried so hard to be a good genea-boy this year. I worked hard speaking all over Southern California and teaching at OASIS, serving my local societies, editing and writing my society newsletter and over 900 blog posts, participating in some Google+ Hangouts On Air, attending two genealogy conferences and a genealogy cruise, and helping several friends and colleagues with their research. In addition, I have added more names, facts, media and (especially) sources to my database.  

Thank you for last year's gifts - an iPhone 5s with lots of gigs, some nifty apps, a great camera, and iCloud, which works really well transferring photos to my computer.  That was really good stuff...but you didn't bring me the other things I asked for.  Was I a bad genea-boy, or maybe you thought I had enough, or you were out of the other things.  I'll ask for them again!

I  still BELIEVE!!!!! Come on, Santa, all I want for Christmas in 2014 are:

* Some genealogy books to read, both in print and in PDF.  I especially want the NGS book Genealogy and the Law.

*  A genea-robot that can work 24 hours a day on getting my genea-piles organized - that is so boring and there is so much to do ... but a robot would not have to sleep or eat or spend time with my wife (I promise!).  Maybe I could even train it to write blog posts.  Or enter Find A Grave and census source citations.  Or search Ancestry and FamilySearch for ancestral records.

*  A solid lead on the ancestry of William Knapp (1775-1856), Thomas J. Newton (ca 1800-ca 1840), Devier James Lamphear Smith (1839-1894) and Hannah Smith (1768-1827) would be welcome too!  

Thank you, Genea-Santa, for listening to my pleas. I will leave a nice personal meat-lovers pizza in the freezer for you (you can heat it in the kitchen microwave), a rosy red apple and some delicious chocolate chip cookies on the fireplace hearth, and some eggnog (in the refrigerator) 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!  

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Chuck Livermore said...

Here's my list:

(I'll admit the meter and rhythm is off in places if you try to sing it.)

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
Genea-Santa brought to me,
Twelve census hits
Eleven distant cousins
Ten queries answered
Nine databases
Eight maiden names
Seven great great uncles
Six immigrants
Five Civil War grandpas
Four marriage dates
Three tombstones
Two Mayflower kin
And a President in my family tree

Bill West said...

Mine's a bit short this year: