Saturday, December 12, 2015

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!!

(Photo courtesy of footnoteMaven)

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 in 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 several all-day seminars, watching webinars, 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 - a Chromebook (theoretically for my wife), some nifty genealogy books and a new tablet.  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 2015 are:

*  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, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch for new ancestral records.

*  That Ancestry reduces their many indexing mistakes, and fixes all of their source citations to Evidence Explained standards.

*  That FamilySearch releases Connecticut and Rhode Island digitized probate and deed files.  

*  That the desktop genealogy software programs will synchronize with the online family trees at Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage and Findmypast without losing any information.

*  That FamilySearch fixes the FamilySearch Family Tree problem with duplicate individuals that cannot be merged.  

*  That AncestryDNA provides a chromosome browser so we could triangulate matches better.

*  A solid lead on the ancestry of:  William Knapp (1775-1856), Thomas J. Newton (ca 1800-ca 1840), Devier James Lamphear Smith (1839-1894), Martin Carringer (1758-1835),  and Hannah Smith (1768-1827) would be welcome too!  

*  Good health for my family and all of my genealogy friends and their families.

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 freezer if you'd like. Nothing's too good for Genea-Santa - mi casa es su casa!  

Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver

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Janice M. Sellers said...

Hi, Randy,

I came up with a few wishes for my Genea-Santa letter:


Bishop Joan said...

I second the wish that Ancestry fixes their source citation to conform to the method in Evidence Explained!