Saturday, December 8, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your 2018 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  post.  Please leave a comment on this post if you write your own post.

Here's mine:

Dear Genea-Santa,

I tried so hard to be a good genea-boy again this year. I worked speaking all over Southern California, online, and teaching at OASIS, serving my local societies, editing and writing my society newsletter and over 900 blog posts, participating in some Zoom webinars, 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, notes, media and (especially) sources to my database.  

Thank you for last year's gift - a subscription; that was great, I've used it all year ... 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 2018 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 Angel Linda or even 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.

*  That Ancestry indexes their family tree profiles whether they have an Ancestry source or not, that all the search features work flawlessly, and provide all of their source citations to Evidence Explained standards.  I also wish that they would fix the errors in their big tree which we can't see, but is used for the We're Related app and potential ancestors.  Also, that AncestryDNA provides a chromosome browser so we can triangulate matches better.

*  That FamilySearch makes more microfilmed collections available as digital microfilm available from home.  Also, that they make adding Source information to person profiles in Family Tree easier.

*  That MyHeritage provides their "Theory of Family Relativity" Big tree soon, and continues to enhance the MyHeritageDNA product.

*  That Findmypast will add more USA and Canada record collections, and create the interface for their World Tree compatible with Living DNA results.  

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

*  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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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

This is my first time writing a letter.

Janice M. Sellers said...

I have a really short list this year.

Marian B. Wood said...

Randy, you were a very good genea-boy this year! It was wonderful to meet you and Linda in person at RootsTech. I will be writing my genea-wishlist shortly, but I do want Santa to pay attention to your special request for Ancestry indexing and software synching without loss of any little teeny-tiny details. Merry Christmas!