Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: 20 Questions

This week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge is quite familiar to me. Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings liked my questions last year and asked if I had any more to share, so I’ve updated the list for 2023.

Here are my answers:

  1. What is one genea-accomplishment in 2023 of which you are proud?

I am always proud of sending vintage photos and postcards home to living descendants. This year, I received thanks from about a half dozen recipient, including one elderly lady in her 90s who, her daughter shared, cried with happiness.

2. Which (realistic) genea-gift would you most appreciate this year?

That’s a tough one because I am really set for the time being with all the books, technology and websites I need. So no requests are on my list this year.

3. What item on your not-so-realistic wish list for Santa would you most appreciate this year?

Name a burned county and my husband’s ancestors probably lived there or passed through. I’d love for several county courthouses to announce that previously lost marriage or probate books has been found in someone’s basement.

4. Have you written any genea-books (with mostly text) to give as holiday gifts?

Although I’ve done so in the past, I haven’t written any books or booklets to give as gifts this year.

5. Have you created any photo family history books to give as holiday gifts?

Not yet, but blogging buddy Marian Wood, who writes Climbing My Family Tree, has put a bug in my ear about bite-sized bios and photo books. I might have to try this next year.

6. What is your favorite holiday main course food?

Definitely turkey stuffing, made from my maternal grandmother’s recipe, and gravy!

7. What is your favorite holiday dessert?

I don’t really have a favorite holiday dessert. The rest of the family is really into pies, which I don’t really gravitate towards. It makes it easy to fill myslef with the stuffing and gravy. 🙂

8. Which food do you eat too much during the holidays?

I’m good about avoiding most of the temptations, but let myself eat whatever I want on Christmas Day. So, not too much of any one food.

9. Share a favorite holiday memory.

One of my favorite memories is my son’s second Christmas when he was almost 3 years old. I used paper towels and charcoal to trace the outline of my husband’s shoes and placed the tracing walking away from our fireplace. My son’s eyes grew big, very big, when I showed him Santa’s footsteps.

10. Have you continued any ethnic food or cultural activities that have been passed down through the family?

Although I am half Carpatho-Rusyn, my family never celebrated any Rusyn traditions. The other 50% of the family tree is mostly British and our family celebrations and foods are quite similar to those handed down in colonial New England.

11. Do you prefer warm sunshine or snow on Christmas Day?

I love seeing snow on the mountains around Tucson where I don’t have to shovel or drive in it. I much prefer warm sunshine.

12. Did you break through any brick walls in 2023?

No. I’ve danced around several issues without solving them.

13. Do you have a 2023 genea-goal which could have been accomplished, but over which you’ve procrastinated or from which you’ve been distracted?

I made excellent progress cleaning up RootsMagic 7 databases until April. Then I got distracted by multiple BSOs. I should have been able to finish going through my own tree by now.

14. Have you ever gone holiday caroling?

Yes, I went caroling several times growing up and again when my son was in Cub Scouts.

15. Do you have any favorite holiday decorations?

Any and all of my vintage Santas and old ornaments.

16. Who is the singer you most enjoy listening to during the holiday season?

There are several singers who I really enjoy, but if I had to pick the Christmas music of only one, it would be Bing Crosby.

17. Have there been any Christmas Day calamities that you remember?

I don’t remember any real calamities, but once soon after I married, we hosted Christmas Day and I totally forgot to buy potatoes to mash. That item was sorely missed since everyone in the family loves mashed potatoes.

18. If Santa invited you to hitch a ride in his sleigh, where would you like him to drop you off?

Home of my paternal grandmother’s family and ancestors – Udol, Slovkia, which is a small village in the foothills of the Tatras Mountains just south of the border with Poland.

19. If you had to choose right this minute – which ancestor would you most like to meet? Choose an ancestor about whom you’ve researched in 2023.

It would have to be the 1700s Thompson family in my husband’s line. I’d love to meet Lawrence, Lawrence and Lawrence Thompson to prove that I’ve correctly got them sorted.

20. Share one of your 2024 genealogy goals.

I’m going to continue my Twelve Most Wanted that I adopted from Jacqi Stevens’ A Family Tapestry. I choose my twelve through the year, though, not in January. It gives me some flexibility in my family projects.

That’s it for my 20 Questions this year.

Merry Christmas to All!

2 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: 20 Questions”

  1. Great answers…how wonderful you reunite families with lost photos! I had no idea Udol is so close to Poland – our ancestors were kinda, sorta neighbours 🙂

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