Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your 2018 Dear Genea-Santa Letter

I knew it was time to write to Genea-Santa! Here is Randy Seaver’s  SNGF topic on Genea-Musings for this week:

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 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.

Dear Genea-Santa,

I think I’ve been very good this year. I continued to teach my ladies’ genealogy group and we celebrated our 8th anniversary in September. (That’s 8 years running, Genea-Santa!)
I’ve helped people who have left comments on my blog when they have asked for suggestions and sometimes even when they haven’t.
I’ve also bought orphaned family photos online and returned them to descendants as gifts. I try to pay forward all the research help I’ve had through the years and returning pictures to family brings a special sense of satisfaction.
Genea-Santa, my list this year isn’t too long and I hope I’ve been good enough so when I wake up on Christmas morning, some of my wish list is under my Christmas tree.
Here it is:
  1. Ancestry DNA Kit – I’ve taken the autosomal and mtDNA tests through FamilyTree DNA, but haven’t yet jumped into the pool deep enough to take another one with Ancestry. With the added informational features Ancestry is adding, now seems to be a good time to make the leap.
  2. Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxemberg – This book looks like a really interesting family story.
  3. This year, I discovered Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s genealogical mystery series about the adventures of Morton Farrier, forensic genealogist. I’ve loved all of the books, even though I tend to be more of a non-fiction fan. There are several other genealogical mystery writers who have excellent reviews and I’d love to find one of their books under the Christmas tree, too. Genea-Santa, please surprise me. 🙂
  4. A renewed subscription to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems premium membership.

That’s the list for items that can be purchased. Now, I’m not as hopeful about the next few requests, but one can only ask! Genea-Santa, please!

  1. A crumb trail to discovering the death date and place for Anders Molin, born 1739 in Ystad, Sweden and died sometime after 1786 when he appears on a tax list in Marstand, Sweden, hundreds of miles from where his family was. He and his wife, Sara Brita Krok separated and/or divorced.
  2. A few more crumbs on the trail, please, leading to the origin and parents/siblings of John Dulworth, born c1755 and his wife, Mary (MNU) Broadway. John was definitely German, but it isn’t known whether he was the immigrant ancestor or a child in a colonial German family. The name of Mary’s first husband, Mr. Broadway, is also unknown, although they hailed from South Carolina and had two daughters before he died. The Dulworths settled in Knox County, Tennessee in the 1790s and moved on to Cumberland County, Kentucky.
  3. An mtDNA match for my husband’s mother’s line, which is: Ruby Jewell Sturgell (1919-2013), Ethel Anne Nation (1900-1976), Matilda Jane Dulworth (1867-1931) and Mary Jane Adams (c1850-1932). Mary Jane is in the 1860 census in an all female household and they appeared have migrated from South Carolina to Tennessee. (Insert image of census)

Please, Genea-Santa! I haven’t asked for too much, have I? There will be some homemade treats and hot chocolate waiting for you when you come down the chimney.

Merry Christmas,



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