Saturday, December 11, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your 2021 "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 2021 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, set up Zoom meetings with my local society, edited and wrote my society newsletter and over 900 blog posts, participated in some Zoom webinars, attended RootsTech 2021 virtually, 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 genealogy gifts - I got my new Windows 10 computer in July and recovered all of my genealogy files using iDrive.  RootsMagic 8 finally arrived at the end of September - it was in your Toy Shop for a long time; however, it didn't have more advanced TreeShare features but it did have an updated user interface.  FamilySearch did finish digitizing their microfilm collection.  My Heritage added a few "Theory of Family Relativity" DNA matches, and Ancestry added more, but I still can't figure out the common ancestors for most of my DNA matches.  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, and add a few more!

I still BELIEVE!!!!! Come on, Santa, all I want for Christmas in 2021 are:

*  One of my descendants (out of two daughters and five grandchildren) becomes interested in their ancestry and family history and helps me out with mine.  

*  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, visit Angel Linda at the care facility, 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.  

*  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 of their digitized microfilmed collections available from home.  Also, that they make adding Source information to person profiles in FamilySearch 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.

*  That WikiTree and Geni online collaborative trees would synchronize with RootsMagic and other software programs similar to the Ancestry and FamilySearch synchronization efforts.

*  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),  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!  

*  Good health and wealth 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!  Please don't let your reindeer don't trample my solar panels.


Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

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Marian B. Wood said...

If only I was Genea-Santa, I would be sure to deliver everything on your list! Especially the Magic Genie robot. Come to think of it, I better add that to my wish list.

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's my list for 2021

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here is my short wish list: