Saturday, December 23, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Genealogy and Family History Christmas Gifts

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

(Photo courtesy of footnoteMaven)

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 about your actual or wishful genealogy and family history gifts.

Rev up the olde thynking cap and cue up the Mission Impossible music - your mission should you decide to accept it - keeping with the Christmas theme - is:

1) Pick out a genealogy-oriented Christmas gift for someone you know, admire, appreciate or love. It could be for a family member, someone in the genealogy community, or a friend or colleague. Describe your genealogy gift to them. [Note: you don't have to actually gift them, although it would be a nice thing to do!]

2) Tell us about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a comment to this blog post, or in a comment on Facebook.

Here's mine:

1)  I would like to give the "Spirit of Genealogy" to one of my daughters and/or grandchildren. I have tried really hard to get them interested, but my daughters are really busy with family, children and careers. The grandchildren are really busy with school, work and friends (the oldest is age 20, the youngest age 9). I have told the grandchildren stories about myself and my ancestors in an effort to imbue them with an interest in family history. Although the research on my own family, and the research I've done on my wife's family, is incomplete, it is fairly well defined, but there are plenty of brickwall ancestors to search for. In addition, the genealogy of the fathers of the grandchildren is challenging and interesting.

2)  For 25 years (from 1988 to 2013), I wrote, edited, printed and mailed an 8 to 16 page "Seaver-Richmond Family Journal" to my brothers, mother, aunts, uncles, and cousins with information about my Seaver and Richmond family research.  I wonder if my brothers, daughters, and cousins would like to have an eBook of all of them?

3)  I've thought about doing a big family history chart (say 5 generations of my ancestors and 2 generations of descendants) from a commercial company for my brothers and my children.  

4)  I just finished copying/mailing and emailing our yearly Christmas letter to my friends and family which I started in 1983.  I have over 30 years of these letters (I'm missing 1983 to 1991) - many of them with family photos.  I wonder if my daughters would like to have an eBook of all of them?  Some are only in paper, but I could scan them.

5)  One of my Christmas gifts last year was a StoryWorth subscription.  I was told to write family stories and a book can be made from the stories written, edited and submitted.  I've done about 40 stories now, some with photographs, but the total page count is more than 400 pages, which is within the limit for the book.  That's a 2024 goal for this merry old grandpa.  And maybe do another StoryWorth subscription, or an eBook, for, say, ancestor biographies for the last four generations of my ancestors, perhaps including myself.

6)  Another 2024 goal is to create narrated Zoom videos of slide shows about me, my wife, our family, my parents families, and my grandparents families, and put them on my YouTube channel and in my Forever collection.

7)  For my CVGS members and colleagues, I want to update my eight hour "Beginning Genealogy" class notes and do Zoom videos of them for the CVGS website.  I last did this in-person class for CVGS in 2016, and for OASIS in 2019.  


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Linda Stufflebean said...

It's Saturday and my post is already online!

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine.