Saturday, December 10, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your 2016 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 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 2016 calendar with the grandkids photos; that was great ... 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 2016 are:

*  A genea-robot that can work 24 hours a day on writing my blog posts and 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, drive Miss Linda or spend time with her (I promise!).  Maybe I could even train it to write quality Find A Grave and census source citations.  Or search Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch for new ancestral records.

*  A subscription would be appreciated!

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

*  That FamilySearch releases Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey digitized deed files.  Also, that they make adding Hint information to person profiles easier.

*  That Findmypast will find more than 139 Hints for my 46,000 person database (stuck since June), and will make their online trees searchable.

*  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 problems with duplicate individuals in the years before 1750.  

*  That AncestryDNA provides a chromosome browser so we can 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!  


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Janice M. Sellers said...

Here's my wish list!

Bill West said...

Here's mine:

Marian B. Wood said...

I only want Genea-Santa to take me back to reunion in 1903, that's all:

Fax said...

Thank you for your Santa list. If granted, it will benefit us all.

My own list contains just one item: Find my adopted dad's parents, please! Oh yes, and good health to all.

Mary Foxworthy said...

I limited my list to genealogy so as not to confuse Genea Santa. My other list goes to Traditional Santa.

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Here is my post for this week. I will get around to see everyone else's soon.

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

I hope you find your adopted dad's parents Doris. Good luck!

Nancy Ward Remling said...

Here's my letter:

Linda Stufflebean said...

Still catching up from my fun time in Salt Lake last week, but here is my link:

Suzanne McClendon said...

I sure hope you'll get that subscription! That has been one of the best family history investments that I have made in over 35 years of family history research. I even found the announcement of my mother's birth, which I was not expecting to find, and articles about my maternal grandma and one of her older sisters during their senior years of high school. I now know when they graduated high school, who graduated with them, that they were in the drama and literary clubs...all things previously unknown to me. It is great!

Here is my letter to Genea-Santa,

Before I get to the "I wants", I have to say thank you for the early gift of Ancestry DNA. I look forward to the results of both my test and David's. Hopefully they will tell us if the geneticist was correct in her assumptions.

Ok, now for the "I wants". I want the birth, marriage, and death certificates that I need to prove myself and my children for the DAR (Gen. Andrew Pickens) and the UDC and other genealogy-based societies.

I would love for you to somehow reconstruct the 1890 census so that I can get confirmation one way or the other on Grandma Pressley's birth date.

I would like for you to help me understand Windows 10 so that I can find where it hides my files once I download them so that I do not lose my family history records.

I would like a program to help me organize the family history records in a way that makes sense for me.

I would like a subscription to the various genealogy magazines(suddenly I can't remember their names!).

I would like to be able to go back home to South Carolina to visit my daddy's grave since I couldn't be there for his funeral, and to visit the graves of the ancestors that I have discovered since we moved out here to Texas.

And, Santa, if it is at all possible, please put a good word in with Heavenly Father for me. Please ask Him to take these cataracts from me that were discovered yesterday so that I can continue my family history research. I would also like you to ask Him for great health for my husband and children and friends and other family members.

I have tried to be a good genea-girl this year and have tried to help others find some of their family stories.

Thank you, Santa. Your tongue is safe here. No jalapenos in our chocolate chip cookies this year. :)

Have a blessed week, Mr. Seaver, and a very Merry Christmas.