Saturday, December 2, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your 2023 "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 2023 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  hosted and moderated Zoom meetings with my local society, edited and wrote my society monthly newsletter, wrote over 870 blog posts, watched and participated in some Zoom webinars, attended RootsTech 2023 virtually, wrote about 50 genealogical sketches, transcribed about 50 probate records and obituaries, and helped several friends and colleagues with their research. In addition, I have added more names, facts, notes, and (especially) sources to my database.  I used the Reimagine app to scan photographs to the MyHeritage Photos collection and enhance and colorize them.  Also, I wrote 40 stories for my StoryWorth book.  

Thank you for last year's genealogy gifts - my T-shirt with all five grandkids photos was great, and I had a lot of fun writing my StoryWorth stories.  

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 2023 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-AI ("Magic Genie AI") with Artificial Intelligence 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 it wouldn't have to sleep or eat, visit Angel Linda at the care facility, or even spend time with her (I promise!).  "Magic Genie AI" 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. I'm sure that we can train "Magic Genie AI" to write quality source citations.  

*  That more genealogy researchers would post their extensive family trees on Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch with many source citations so that there would be more opportunity to find the common ancestors of my DNA matches.

*  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 Record Matches to my tree there, and also provide "Theory of Family Relativity" connections with my DNA matches.  Also, that they continue to enhance the MyHeritage collections, the search function, the DNA product, and the Photo collection.  

*  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), Hannah Smith (1768-1827), Sarah Fletcher (1806-b1850), Mary Palmer (1790-1845), and the name of the wives of Cornelius Feather (1777-1853) and Stephen Feather (1736-1804),  would be welcome too!  

*  Good health and wealth for me and my family, all of my genealogy friends and their families, and for your wife, elves and reindeer.  I feel the sands of time are sifting out of my hourglass.

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 trample my solar panels on the roof.


Copyright (c) 2023, Randall J. Seaver

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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's my letter. I learned something new in Photoshop Elements so I could put a hat on my photo. I tried to get ChatGPT to do it, but it kept creating a new photo that wasn't me.

ByAPearl said...

My letter:

Janice M. Sellers said...

My letter has only one wish.