Saturday, December 5, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your 2020 "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 2020 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 link 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 spoke to several genealogy societies and local groups, set up Zoom meetings with my local societies, edited and wrote my society newsletter and over 900 blog posts, participated in some Zoom webinars, attended RootsTech 2020, and helped several friends and colleagues with their research. In addition, I have added more names, facts, notes, and (especially) sources to my database.  

Thank you for last year's gift - a new Forever box so I can digitize more home movies from my grandfather. 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 2020 are:

*  A genea-robot ("Magic Genie") 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 to appointments or even spend time with her (I promise!).  "Magic Genie" could also add Ancestry Record Hints and MyHeritage Record Matches to my RootsMagic database without having me having to type names, dates, places, notes, sources, etc. Maybe we could even train "Magic Genie" to write quality source citations.  

*  RootsMagic Version 8 that works on both Windows and Mac, and has more advanced TreeShare features.

*  That provides all of their source citations to Evidence Explained standards, and  that they would fix the errors in their big tree which we can't see, but is used for the ThruLines 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 many more "Theory of Family Relativity" connections with my DNA matches and continues to enhance the MyHeritage collections and the MyHeritageDNA product.

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

*  Solid leads on the parents of William Knapp (1775-1856), Devier James Lamphear Smith (1839-1894), Ann Marshman (1784-1856), John Rich (1789-1868), Martin Carringer (1758-1835),  and Hannah Smith (1768-1827), Mary Palmer (1790-1845), and Maria Magdalena Houx (1768-1850), plus the name of the wife of Cornelius Feather,  would be welcome too!  

*  A biggie - I really need a new desktop Windows computer.  Old "Jeanie" here is on her last legs being 10 years old and Windows 7.

*  Good health for my family, all of my genealogy friends and their families, and for your wife, elves and reindeer.

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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Liz said...

Here's mine:

This was fun, Randy!

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine

Susie Q said...

Great post...... and I just might Facebook post..... one thing for sure the Dove ice cream in your freezer sounds delish.... thank you for all your writing all year long.

Sara M said...

I hope Santa brings you everything you ask for, Randy! And spreads the love around!

Linda Stufflebean said...

Hope Santa is good to everyone this year! Stay safe and healthy!

Linda Stufflebean said...

Randy, I hope Genea-Santa brings you loads of gifts. Happy Holidays to you, Linda and your family.

Judy Larson Leiser said...

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas. I am writing this on December 7, I hope that everyone remembers our brave soldiers and sailors that lost their lives on this day long ago at Pearl Harbor, HI. So many of our brave men an women fought for us in WW2. If you can, document their service in your genealogy memory pages.