Saturday, December 23, 2017

My Dear Genea-Santa Letter for 2017

I forgot to include a Dear Genea-Santa in my Saturday Night Genealogy Fun series this year, but I want to share it anyway.  

(Photo courtesy of footnoteMaven)

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 1000 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) source citations to my database.  

Thank you for last year's gifts - a 2017 calendar with the grandkids photos; that was great ... and you answered my request for FamilySearch and Findmypast records, and RootsMagic now TreeShares with Ancestry, but you didn't bring me some of 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 2017 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, FamilySearch and AmericanAncestors for new ancestral records.

*  A subscription would be appreciated!

*  That Ancestry reduces their many indexing mistakes, provides all of their source citations to Evidence Explained standards, includes ALL source citations in their AMT indexing rules, and indexes trees at least once a month.

*  That FamilySearch makes adding record and source information to Family Tree person profiles easier, and fixes the Family Tree problems with duplicate individuals in the years before 1750.  

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

*  That AncestryDNA provides a chromosome browser so we can triangulate matches better, and that more matches have a fully leafed Ancestry Member Tree.

*  A solid lead on the ancestry of:  William Knapp (1775-1856), John Richman (1788-1867), 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 and happiness 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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John said...

Always enjoy your letters to Santa! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Randy!

Diane Gould Hall said...

May all your Genea Santa wishes come true Randy 😃🎄

Janice M. Sellers said...

Hoping you get at least some of your wishes, Randy! I wrote a letter to Genea-Santa also:

Unknown said...

You must be a very good boy to get all those gifts. Hope you get that genea robot. I couldn't do with one of those.

Merry Christmas Randy. Have a great holiday.