Friday, December 18, 2009

Carnival of Genealogy, 86th Edition

Welcome to the December 18, 2009 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. There are two topics for this edition, it's a "twofer"! Part 1 is, "The Other December Events" (birthdays and anniversaries) and Part 2 is, "Our Wish Lists for Genea-Santa". Why the double edition? It's a special gift for all the COG readers, a deluxe edition gifted to you from all the terrific writers who are participating in this edition of the COG. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all!

I know you're going to enjoy reading this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy but let me give you some advice. This double edition is just that, a double dose of terrific articles. So don't rush through them. Take your time, relax. I know that's hard to do in these hectic days before Christmas but it will do you good. So start a fire in the fireplace, put some Christmas music on the radio (or your iPod), grab yourself a handful (or two ;-) of Christmas cookies, pour yourself a big mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings (go ahead, spoil yourself!), get your laptop plugged in right by that easy chair, and then sit down... relax... and enjoy. The Carnival is back in town!

Part 1, The "Other" December Events...

Randy Seaver presents Advent Calendar - Day 10: The Holiday Happenings posted at Genea-Musings.

Bill West presents Celebrate! posted at West in New England, saying, "Two December ancestral marriages stand out for me."

Cyndi Beane Henry presents 86th COG - The Other Holiday Happenings posted at Mountain Genealogists, saying, "Only one birthday stands out above all others, that of Grandpa Dreher! And only one anniversary can top my list of anniversary's at this time of year... that of my Mama and Daddy!"

Apple presents Merry Birthday! posted at Apple's Tree, saying, "With ten birthdays near Christmas we have a lot to celebrate!"

J.M. presents December Birthday of a Special Woman posted at Tracing My Roots, saying, "My tribute to my grandmother, who's birthday was 15 December."

Terri O'Connell presents The Other Holiday Happenings posted at Finding Our Ancestors.

Leah presents Holiday Birthdays, 86 COG Pt. 1 posted at The Internet Genealogist, saying, "This is my first time participating in the COG and I had so much fun that I'm looking forward to participating in many more. I loved the prompt because my birthday is a few days after Christmas and I have many other "December events" in my family tree." HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEAH!

Kay Bauman presents Advent Calendar Day 15 – The Other Holiday Happenings « Kay B’s Place posted at Kay B's Place.

Katrina McQuarrie presents Advent Calendar: The Other Holiday Happenings posted at Kick-Ass Genealogy, saying, "While writing this blog post I discovered two things: first, December is the most popular marriage month in my husband's family, and second, a lot of his ancestors died between 1911 and 1916."

Charles Hansen presents Advent Calendar Holiday Happenings posted at Mikkel's Hus, saying, "It was fun to find out about the mix up in the marriage certificates"

Jasia presents December to Remember posted at Creative Gene. December isn't a big month for birthdays and anniversaries in my family but those who do have special days to celebrate in December deserve to be remembered!

Tracy presents The Pieces of My Past: COG 86: A Baby for Christmas or Maybe Not posted at The Pieces of My Past, saying, "A story of my mom's best Christmas gift"

Vickie Everhart presents Advent / Carnival / Festival -- Celebrate posted at .: BeNotForgot :: begotten & ne'er forgotten :., saying, "It is December of 1863 in Texas when little Josephine's father writes in his Journal about the birth of "the new responsibility," and goes on to tell about how they celebrate Christmas that year."

Elizabeth presents Advent Calendar: Day 15 - Holiday Happenings! posted at Little Bytes of Life, saying, "My tribute to the ancestors whose birthdays and anniversaries may have fallen through the cracks during all the holiday chaos."

Steve Hayes presents December birthdays posted at Hayes & Greene family history.

Sheri Fenley presents a twofer of her own with Happy Birthday to My Little Kris-Mouse and 86th Carnival of Genealogy Holiday Edition Part 1 posted at The Educated Genealogist.

Miriam presents The Holiday Happenings! posted at AnceStories.

Are you still with us? I'm sure the cookies are all gone by now and so is the hot chocolate. This is a good time to take a bathroom break, grab some more cookies and hot chocolate, stoke the fire, pat the dog on the head, and resume your position in that easy chair. Ahhh... there you go!

Part 2, Our Wish Lists for Genea-Santa

Tonia Kendrick presents Dear Genea-Santa posted at Tonia's Roots, saying, "Three wishes for Genea-Santa. . ."

Charles Hansen presents Carnival of Genealogy #86, Genea Santa posted at Mikkel's Hus, saying, "I originally wrote this for Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Fun, but I would really like to find some proof of the parents of John Jackie Vanderpool"

Randy Seaver presents Dear Genea-Santa Redux posted at Genea-Musings.

Joan Hill presents Advent Calendar December 6 Letter to Santa posted at Roots'n'Leaves.

Apple presents Dear Santa posted at Apple's Tree, saying, "Santa, say it isn't so!"

Cyndi Beane Henry presents 86th COG - Genea-Santa Wish List! posted at Mountain Genealogists, saying, "My wish to the Genea-Santa is for a single item this Christmas!!!"

J.M. presents If wishes could come true... posted at Tracing My Roots, saying, "My wishlist for Genea-Santa. There's not much on it, but I sure hope I get my wishes!"

Greta Koehl presents Dear Genea-Santa: 86th Carnival of Genealogy posted at Greta's Genealogy Bog, saying, "Just to be safe, I am asking both Genea-Santas for presents this year. But this Genea-Santa lets us ask for more things, so I am banking on him."

John Newmark presents Dear Genea-Santa posted at Transylvanian Dutch, saying, "I ask Genea-Santa why I didn't receive anything I asked for last year, and provide him with some additional suggestions this year."

Terri O'Connell presents Dear Genea Santa posted at Finding Our Ancestors.

Leah presents Dear Genea-Santa, COG Pt. 2 posted at The Internet Genealogist, saying, "The hardest part of writing my wish list was limiting myself to only a few wishes (I don't want Genea-Santa to get worn out because of me). If I could get just one thing on my list I'd be a happy camper and knowing Genea-Santa, he'll probably come through - he always does!"

Carol presents Dear Genea-Santa: 86th Carnival of Genealogy posted at Reflections From the Fence, saying, "It has been years since I wrote Santa, so, I tried to keep the list short and simple, cept for that last whispered request."

Linda Hughes Hiser presents 86th Editon of the Carnival Of Genealogy Part 2--Santa Letter posted at Flipside, saying, "I'll be delighted to have any genealogical lead."

Geniaus presents Dear Genea-Santa: 86th Carnival of Genealogy posted at Geniaus, saying, "Geniaus has a number of abstract requests on her Christmas wish-list."

Janet Iles presents Dear Genea Santa (Carnival of Genealogy) posted at Janet the researcher, saying, "Janet's number one wish is the gift of organization."

Elizabeth presents An Open Letter to Genea-Santa posted at Little Bytes of Life, saying, "This year hasn't been the best, Genea-Santa, so I could really use some genea-bling for Christmas!"

Jasia presents Jasia's Wish List for Genea-Santa posted at Creative Gene. Genea-Santa has been good to me in the past so I have my hopes up that he'll come through for me again. I've been good Santa! I Believe!!!

Tracy presents Dear Genea-Santa posted at The Pieces of My Past.

Katie presents Dear Genea-Santa, I'm broke posted at You Are Where You Came From. In which I ask Genea-Santa to make the genea-life of a broke grad student a little easier."

Bill West presents Another Letter to Genea-Santa posted at West in New England saying, "I decided to give GeneaSanta some help with my gift, just in case there wasn't enough time for him to help with my John Cutter West request!"

FootnoteMaven presents My Genea-Wishes posted at FootnoteMaven saying, "Merry Christmas and GeneaFortune to All!" Once again fM stands out from the crowd with a beautiful list for Santa.

Sheri Fenley presents 86th COG - Part 2 posted at The Educated Genealogist.

There now, don't you feel better? I know that short time out was good for you. And didn't you enjoy all those terrific blog posts? I have to hand it to the COG participants, they really came through in spades this time around. I hope you left lots of cheery holiday wishes as comments for them!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the wonderful authors who participated in the COG this year and all the faithful readers of the COG a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year. It is my sincerest hope that the holiday season will find you healthy, happy, and surrounded by those you love most. And I hope that Genea-Santa will bring you your heart's desire, of course!

Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: New Year's Resolutions! This year is almost over and a new decade is knocking on the door. This is the perfect time to make your New Year resolutions, goals, aims, declarations, intentions, aspirations, objectives, plans, targets, schemes, wishes, or whatever you want to call them! Figure out how you're going to approach your family history research next year, write it up, and share it with us in the COG. The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2010.

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Thanks for the posters, fM!

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