Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: What Should Genea-Santa Bring You?

Now that Thanksgiving 2019 has become part of our family history, it’s time to look ahead to this year’s holiday season. On this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, Randy Seaver has requested our wish lists for Genea-Santa.

1)  Only 25 Days until Christmas now!  Have you been a good genea-boy or genea-girl?  

2)  What gift should Genea-Santa bring you for Christmas?  What do you need, or want, to help you with your family history, your research, etc.?

3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook. Please leave a comment with a link to your blog post.

I have been a good genea-girl this year. I try to give back to the genealogy community by teaching my class once a month (continuous since September 2010) and I regularly buy orphaned family photos online or in antique shops and send them back home to descendants. I’ve also joined the Sun City Vistoso Genealogy Society here in Oro Valley, got trained as a monitor this month and offered to mentor members. I volunteered for my first 3-hour session a couple of weeks ago and plan to sign up to help out at least once a month.

What gift/s would I like Genea-Santa to bring this year?

Well, I’ve been learning a lot about my Carpatho-Rusyn heritage in 2019 and there is a newly published book that I would love to find under my Christmas tree this year – The Lost World of Subcarpathian Rus’ – with 200 photos of Rusyn villages and people living in the region at the time that Czechoslovakia was created in 1919 – a hundred years ago!

Second, and I hate to say this because it is a complete reflection of modern times, I’d love an Amazon or EBay gift card to finance the genealogy rabbit holes I go chasing.

Lastly, this is really REALLY wishful thinking, but I would still love Santa to leave a few crumbs leading to the trail of my 4X great grandfather, Anders Molin, last found on a tax list in 1786 living in Marstrand, Sweden, which was a couple of hundred miles from where he grew up, married, and his children were born. Given that he was a master mason, he should have had a probate record created when he died, but so far none has been found. Anders Molin just disappeared after 1786.

That’s it, Genea-Santa. My list is short and I’ve been very, very good this year.

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