Saturday, December 25, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What Did Genea-Santa Bring You For Christmas?

                         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 memories:

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  What genea-gift did Genea-Santa bring you and/or your family this Christmas season?

2)  Tell us in a comment to this blog post, in your own blog post, in a Facebook post, and be sure to leave a link to your post.

Here's mine:

a)  I received See's dark chocolate mints and molasses chips from Tami and family, plus a blood pressure test unit.  Lori and her boys sent a Chargers jersey for me.  Linda can't shop for me, so Genea-Santa gave me two San Diego Memories books and the American Nation book.  

b)  Genea-Santa got Linda some earrings, a Yahtzee hand-held game, some word puzzle and Sudoku books, and some personal necessities.  Tami and family gave her See's peanut brittle and a framed photo of the three grandkids for her room.  Lori and family gave her a photo of grandson Lucas graduating, earrings, a ceramic ornament, and a Sudoku book.  

c)  Throughout the year, as a consequence of having subscriptions to Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, Geni, and American Ancestors, plus FamilySearch, I received many record images from the digitized collections that helped me with my genealogy and family history research.  Included in that are state probate records, state land records, English probates and church records, Italian civil records, Denmark civil and church records, and much more.   RootsMagic Version 8 was released and helps me organize all of it.  


Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 18 to 24 December 2021

 I am keeping up with the new and updated historical record collections at FamilySearch   ( every week.

As of 24 December 2021, there are 3,057 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Brazil, Ceará, Civil Registration, 1982-1999    (; 3,393 indexed records with 3,393 record images, ADDED 22-Dec-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984  (; 12,138,766 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 12,113,473 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 20-Dec-2021
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 773,569 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 767,808 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 660,570 indexed records with 277,103 record images (was 654,036 records with 275,020 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1984   (; 630,452 indexed records with 30,534 record images (was 387,794 records with 30,534 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 3,085,554 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 3,041,468 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 23-Dec-2021

Brazil, São Paulo, Civil Registration, 1925-1995        (; 5,129,326 indexed records with 5,194,362 record images (was 2,055,962 records with 2,009,981 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978     (; 2,167,058 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 2,158,195 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (; 39,325 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 37,050 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 29,761,754 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,754 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 23-Dec-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 87,667 indexed records with 29,012 record images (was 86,819 records with 28,165 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021

Philippines, Northern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Catarman, Church Records, 1860-1983      (; Browse 63,212 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 63,212 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 2,739,541 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 2,711,106 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015    (; 3,154,706 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 3,145,604 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949    (; Index only (3,415,197 records), no images (was 3,412,421 records with 0 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (; 1,727,447 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,714,592 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 21-Dec-2021

Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 8,240,382 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 8,235,961 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Uruguay, Catholic Church Records, 1726-2000     (; 1,680,975 indexed records with 290,659 record images (was 1,676,820 records with 289,606 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Yucatán, Catholic Church Records, 1543-1977     (; 3,948,460 indexed records with 1,234,534 record images (was 3,702,339 records with 1,234,534 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Philippines, Negros Occidental, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod, Parish Registers, 1755-1976  (; 18,400 indexed records with 95,820 record images (was 0 records with 95,820 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988      (; 9,192,638 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 9,140,404 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,223,095 indexed records with 1,969,766 record images (was 7,222,840 records with 1,943,042 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615-1982  (; 972,821 indexed records with 169,282 record images (was 486,963 records with 169,282 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989    (; 599,517 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 581,508 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985     (; 1,948,438 indexed records with 504,812 record images (was 1,932,505 records with 504,812 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979    (; 3,886,195 indexed records with 1,584,621 record images (was 3,852,227 records with 1,584,621 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 19,727,929 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 19,458,470 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657-1994      (; 866,660 indexed records with 383,518 record images (was 847,126 records with 383,518 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944    (; 935,577 indexed records with 189,697 record images (was 882,757 records with 189,697 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968     (; 1,557,573 indexed records with 521,512 record images (was 1,551,247 records with 521,512 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981  (; 1,621,663 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 1,585,088 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 1,823,871 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,814,700 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 1,753,828 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 1,741,971 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979     (; 10,833,350 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 10,795,147 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980   (; 3,208,052 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 3,188,882 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 20-Dec-2021
United States Census, 1910      (; 93,758,706 indexed records with 2,162,782 record images (was 93,758,708 records with 2,162,782 images), UPDATED 20-Dec-2021

France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932   (; 405,064 indexed records with 298,203 record images (was 404,891 records with 383,842 images), UPDATED 20-Dec-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (356,438 records), no images (was 353,577 records with 0 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970      (; 6,687,074 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 6,504,000 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994    (; 2,299,028 indexed records with 1,012,693 record images (was 2,286,534 records with 1,012,693 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Morelos, Catholic Church Records, 1598-1994     (; 1,356,382 indexed records with 531,787 record images (was 1,340,712 records with 531,787 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 7,070,426 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 6,959,160 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Philippines, Eastern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Borongan, Parish Registers, 1842-1984     (; 18,831 indexed records with 32,304 record images (was 0 records with 32,304 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 18,875,852 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 16,859,911 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Philippines, Biliran, Diocese of Naval Parish Registers, 1818-1978      (; Browse 28,118 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 28,118 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records, 1596-1967     (; 1,152,485 indexed records with 499,694 record images (was 1,082,010 records with 499,694 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,115,956 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,085,837 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2016       (; 8,591,012 indexed records with 5,387,756 record images (was 8,577,483 records with 5,387,756 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 494,069 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 493,240 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 104,845 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 95,491 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1985 (; 217,075 indexed records with 706,557 record images (was 63,919 records with 706,557 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021

South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 631,521 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 626,597 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632-1958   (; 1,227,461 indexed records with 378,612 record images (was 1,209,015 records with 378,612 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Argentina, Corrientes, Civil Registration, 1880-1930    (; 524,004 indexed records with 485,133 record images (was 524,004 records with 485,133 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Colima, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1969      (; 492,993 indexed records with 228,566 record images (was 489,851 records with 228,566 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 409,315 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 398,704 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021

Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1974  (; 996,693 indexed records with 419,985 record images (was 995,147 records with 419,985 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Argentina, Chaco, Catholic Church Records, 1882-1955    (; 24,959 indexed records with 10,100 record images (was 23,408 records with 10,100 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 101,324 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 92,935 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 4,725,188 indexed records with 288,081 record images (was 4,659,467 records with 282,605 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977  (; 1,545,950 indexed records with 998,148 record images (was 1,472,778 records with 998,148 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021

Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970 (; 104,605 indexed records with 74,259 record images (was 104,572 records with 74,259 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021     (; 728,603 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 727,922 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985       (; 6,358,504 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 696,970 records with 3,008,340 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Missouri, Phelps, Crawford, Dent, and Washington Counties, Obituaries, 1880-1990        (; 584,634 indexed records with 11,117 record images (was 69,802 records with 1,413 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 62,088 indexed records with 192,232 record images (was 62,088 records with 188,414 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 19,831,176 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 17,814,352 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 23-Dec-2021
United States Census, 1880      (; 50,472,094 indexed records with 1,080,487 record images (was 50,472,094 records with 1,080,487 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 586,626 indexed records with 565,486 record images (was 582,523 records with 561,439 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 (; 2,020,842 indexed records with 22,034 record images (was 898,988 records with 22,034 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977   (; 5,927,491 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 5,879,640 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021

Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929  (; 1,078,856 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 1,050,956 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 20-Dec-2021
Argentina, Río Negro, Catholic Church Records, 1880-1977        (; 28,362 indexed records with 15,221 record images (was 25,500 records with 15,221 images), UPDATED 20-Dec-2021
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 127,841 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 126,627 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 20-Dec-2021
Argentina, Santiago del Estero, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1961      (; 116,562 indexed records with 102,368 record images (was 112,796 records with 102,368 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Argentina, Tucumán, Catholic Church Records, 1727-1955  (; 657,104 indexed records with 184,969 record images (was 652,508 records with 184,969 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021

Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977     (; 5,974,700 indexed records with 2,162,812 record images (was 5,944,355 records with 2,162,812 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Spain, Diocese of Segovia, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1987   (; 245,932 indexed records with 831,103 record images (was 21,072 records with 831,103 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Mexico, Aguascalientes, Catholic Church Records, 1601-1962      (; 988,770 indexed records with 618,532 record images (was 968,509 records with 618,532 images), UPDATED 20-Dec-2021
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (; 1,534,825 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,522,814 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981     (; 4,506,751 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 4,320,974 records with 978,396 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928       (; 6,762,540 indexed records with 827,703 record images (was 6,721,525 records with 823,038 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996   (; 5,648,907 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,641,005 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970    (; 6,686,235 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 6,655,921 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 797,114 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 794,262 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978    (; 4,533,361 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 4,473,661 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021

Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 2,332,615 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 2,310,184 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 279,734 indexed records with 31,762 record images (was 273,669 records with 31,179 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971     (; 5,940,110 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 5,929,525 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2021
Philippines, Camarines Sur, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres, Parish Registers, 1716-1977  (; 249,760 indexed records with 130,474 record images (was 22,055 records with 130,474 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979  (; 1,873,049 indexed records with 603,285 record images (was 1,748,547 records with 603,285 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021

Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1918 (; 191,061 indexed records with 41,706 record images (was 189,808 records with 41,279 images), UPDATED 20-Dec-2021
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 1,125,363 indexed records with 61,858 record images (was 1,121,960 records with 54,217 images), UPDATED 20-Dec-2021
Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970     (; 403,202 indexed records with 121,509 record images (was 402,863 records with 121,509 images), UPDATED 20-Dec-2021
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 24-Dec-2021
Texas, Grimes County, Deed Records, 1869-1917   (; 2,099 indexed records with 2,046 record images (was 722 records with 709 images), UPDATED 21-Dec-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Switzerland, Ticino, Census, 1837       (; 1,030 indexed records with 1,030 record images (was 1,030 records with 37 images), last updated 17-Dec-2021
Minnesota Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1872-1962 (; 88,691 indexed records with 71,738 record images (was 88,691 records with 71,604 images), last updated 26-Jul-2019
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 46,400 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 46,391 images), last updated 30-Nov-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 294,119 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 294,139 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 44,344 indexed records with 28,788 record images (was 44,344 records with 37,396 images), last updated 10-Dec-2021
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856      (; 181,237 indexed records with 3,302 record images (was 181,237 records with 3,798 images), last updated 02-Dec-2021
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965   (; 174,357 indexed records with 146,675 record images (was 174,357 records with 173,225 images), last updated 01-Dec-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 139,990 indexed records with 73,905 record images (was 139,990 records with 83,474 images), last updated 02-Dec-2021

Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979        (; 25,859 indexed records with 1,296 record images (was 25,859 records with 2,168 images), last updated 14-Dec-2021
Finland, Passport Registers, 1900-1920  (; 32,830 indexed records with 181 record images (was 32,830 records with 803 images), last updated 15-Dec-2021
Sierra Leone, Civil Births and Deaths, 1802-2016        (; 485,564 indexed records with 346,230 record images (was 485,564 records with 350,515 images), last updated 29-Nov-2021
Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 (; 2,702,912 indexed records with 134,246 record images (was 2,702,912 records with 139,153 images), last updated 03-Dec-2021
Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (; 2,547,849 indexed records with 109,421 record images (was 2,547,849 records with 113,018 images), last updated 03-Dec-2021

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 315,622 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,616 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
France, Calvados, Military Registration Cards, 1867-1921        (; 143,879 indexed records with 125,396 record images (was 143,879 records with 126,843 images), last updated 10-Dec-2021
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 68,828 indexed records with 72,221 record images (was 68,828 records with 96,010 images), last updated 24-Nov-2021
France, Calvados, Census, 1856  (; 1,134 indexed records with 142 record images (was 1,134 records with 210 images), last updated 10-Dec-2021
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954     (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,329 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,354 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996    (; 478,063 indexed records with 31,324 record images (was 478,063 records with 36,978 images), last updated 10-Dec-2021
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 225,142 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,446 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019  (; 557,711 indexed records with 562,775 record images (was 557,711 records with 562,794 images), last updated 01-Dec-2021


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamilySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link). It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Merry Christmas to All!


There is a reason for the season! Thank you, God, for your Gift to the Earth. 

Merry Christmas to all of my Christian readers and friends. I hope that this day finds you healthy, happy, with family and friends, and that Santa brings you everything you desire.

I am home alone for the holidays - Linda is in her memory care facility, and I will take a Christmas stocking chock full of gifts for her in the morning and make our phone calls.  Tami and her family in Huntington Beach have some sickness in the house, so their trip to see us this past week is canceled.  We will talk to them on Christmas morning via FaceTime.  Lori and her boys are in Santa Cruz, and her boys have to work and participate in a wrestling tournament, so they can't come visit either.  We will talk to them on Christmas morning via Duo.  Linda's brother Paul and family are in Monte Rio, and we will talk to them on Christmas morning via FaceTime.  I will fix my own dinner (rockfish and cream corn?) and watch the rain and football on TV.  

I might even write a blog post, or work in the RootsMagic database, or resolve some Ancestry Hints. I may watch some football (who's playing? I have no clue). And read Facebook. Maybe even take a nap in my Santa hat.


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Friday, December 24, 2021

ICYMI: 'Twas the Night Before a Genealogist's Christmas ...

  I received this parody of Clement Moore's masterpiece via email back in the mid-1990's, the author is unknown to me. Kimberly Powell had it on her website for years but I cannot find it now.

'Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even my spouse.

The dining room table with clutter was spread
With pedigree charts and with letters which said...
"Too bad about the data for which you wrote;
Sank in a storm on an ill-fated boat."

Stacks of old copies of wills and such
Were proof that my work had become too much.
Our children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.

And I at my table was ready to drop
From work on my album with photos to crop.
Christmas was here, and such was my lot
That presents and goodies and toys I'd forgot.

Had I not been busy with grandparents' wills,
I'd not have forgotten to shop for such thrills,
While others bought gifts to bring Christmas cheers,
I'd spent time researching those birth dates and years.

While I was thus musing about my sad plight,
A strange noise on the lawn gave me such a great fright.
Away to the window I flew in a flash,
Tore open the drapes and yanked up the sash.

When what with my wondering eyes should appear,
But an overstuffed sleigh and eight small reindeer.
Up to the house top the reindeer they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys and 'ole Santa Claus, too.

And then in a twinkle, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of thirty-two hoofs.
As I drew in my head, and bumped it on the sash,
Down the cold chimney fell Santa--KER-RASH!

"Dear" Santa had come from the roof in a wreck,
And tracked soot on the carpet, (I could wring his short neck!)
Spotting my face, good 'ole Santa could see
I had no Christmas spirit you'd have to agree.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings, (I felt like a jerk).
Here was Santa, who'd brought us such gladness and joy:
When I'd been too busy for even one toy.

He spied my research on the table all spread
"A genealogist!" He cried! (My face was all red!)
"Tonight I've met many like you," Santa grinned,
As he pulled from his sack a large book he had penned.

I gazed with amusement--the cover it read
Genealogy Lines for Which You Have Plead.
"I know what it's like as a genealogy bug." He said
as he gave me a great Santa hug.

"While the elves make the sleighful of toys I now carry,
I do some research in the North Pole Library!
A special treat I am thus able to bring,
To genealogy folk who can't find a thing."

"Now off you go to your bed for a rest,
I'll clean up the house from this genealogy mess."
As I climbed up the stairs full of gladness and glee,
I looked back at Santa who'd brought much to me.

While settling in bed, I heard Santa's clear whistle,
To his team, which then rose like the down of a thistle.
And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight,
"Family History is Fun! Merry Christmas! Goodnight!"

--Author Unknown
To all, I wish a very Merry Christmas, and I hope Genea-Santa brings you a special gift for your family history.


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