52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: My Genealogy Christmas Wish List

I spent the last three years living in North Pole, Alaska – just down the road from the Santa Claus House (reindeer and all).  There was snow on the ground for half the year.  The town was decorated with candy canes and the streets were named things like “St. Nicholas Drive”.  I’m thinking that it’s not going to feel very “Christmasy” here in Savannah this year – at least in comparison.

I’m not complaining though.  It’s November and still warm enough for flip-flops during the day.

I have had to remind myself that even though it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas is coming, it will be here before I know it.

So, what’s the first thing that I did?  Christmas cards?  Nope, I still haven’t started those.  Shopping?  Haven’t started that either.  Decorations?  Still boxed up in the garage.

No, what I did was make my Christmas list – genealogy style.  Maybe my husband will read this and then he won’t have any excuses for having absolutely no idea what to get me.  It’s all right here babe!

I promise that I’ve been good this year!

  • A slide scanner.  I took all of my mom’s slides when I was home this past summer and now they are languishing in my closet instead of hers.  I need to do something with them.  I promised her that I would get a scanner and turn them into images that we could actually see.  I’m really interested in seeing what kind of incriminating photos are amongst them.  I know for a fact that one of them is of us kids inside of a septic tank (not yet used, thankfully!).  What other crazy pics could be in there??
  • A Flip Pal.  I saw these at the Atlanta Family History Expo and I’m convinced that I just have to have one.  Can’t you think of all of the instances where a small portable scanner would have been so nice to have??
  • Evidence Explained! By Elizabeth Shown Mills.  I really need to read this.
  • A GPS for my camera (a Nikon D-5000) so that I  can geo-tag my pics (think gravestones!)
  • A gift certificate to Blurb.com so that I can make some family history books.
  • A trip to Salt Lake City for a week of research (I’m dreaming!)
  • John Edwards’ Civil War Pension file.  Wow, these records have gone up in price since I ordered one last.  I think they were $37 when I ordered most of them.  Now they are $75.  Yikes!  It kind of irks me too, because I’ve ordered his a few times over the years (when it was cheaper) and I always got the run-around since he died so late(1931).  They said that they didn’t have his records, but they do.  Now I need to order them yet again.  I think I need to speak with a human being though instead of the automated email request.
  • Chocolate and Starbucks – because I swear it makes me think better and I’m sure that it will help me break through some of those brick walls.
  • A framed family tree for our wall.
  • A subscription to Footnote.com
  • A subscription to Genline.com for my Swedish research
  • The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy
  • A ticket to the NGS Conference in Charleston next May. They go on sale in December!  I’ll be buying this one for myself…
  • A DNA test from Family Tree DNA.

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  • Cherie Cayemberg - November 26, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    What a wonderful list! I’ll have to get to one of the conferences sometime! Hope Andy is reading! :)ReplyCancel

  • Mavis - November 26, 2010 - 4:06 pm

    What a great list. There’s some things on your list I wouldn’t mind having, also. Hopefully, Genea Santa will bring you most of the items on your list.ReplyCancel

  • Pat Kuhn - November 26, 2010 - 6:17 pm

    great list, I forgot to put the NGS conference on my list!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - November 29, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    Concerning your ancestor’s Civil War pension file, I have had to go through the same run-around. My ancestor died in 1891, but his wife was alive until 1932 which means his pension was active until then. NARA actually only has closed (meaning no one was collecting on the pension) files from 1929 and earlier. Pensions that were active after 1929 need to be requested from Veterans Affairs. You’ll have to submit a FOIA request to them and then they’ll (hopefully) forward your request to the proper office. It is usually free to get copies through them, but the wait can be unreal and they can easily loose your request. I had to go through all this last March and I’m still haven’t gotten a copy of his pension file. If you want more information on all this let me know.ReplyCancel

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