Are you done Christmas shopping yet? Put the wrapping paper down, and step up to your keyboard. It's Saturday Night, and time for some Genealogy Fun!!
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 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 or Google Plus.
Randy chose to gift the Spirit of Genealogy to his recipient. I think almost every genealogy nut would choose the same! We'd all like to have someone we can pass our research and data to when we're gone. We'd all like some help with the research while we're still here!
But duplicating his choice would be too easy... So, I would choose to gift to my parents, each and separately, a well-produced volume of family history and genealogy data for their lines.
My father's mother is the one who gave me the genealogy bug. Her patrilineal line is well documented in a book published back in the early part of the 20th century. Her matrilineal side is not as well documented, but still fairly well fleshed out. My father's father's line is a different story. I've broken several brick walls in it, but I'd really like to get it better documented and cited.
My mother's side is altogether different. Due to a number of factors, the documentation on her lines is sparse. Some of the family was moving fairly often, and things like documentation and photographs get lost in moves. Some were just too busy living to keep records and such. I still have a number of brick walls on that side.
But if we're talking what would I like to give, that would be a great choice!
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