At my house, Christmas begins after Thanksgiving dinner has been cleared from the table. I turn on Christmas carols while everyone helps put the tree up and decorate it. After the house is looking festive, the kids sit down at the dinner table to write out their letters to Santa Claus before going to bed. This is a little tradition of our own making that started when Alana was about two years old.
This year I tweaked the tradition a little… I took their letters and made a Pinterest board to share with our family, so they could see everything the kids want, know where the items are sold, and how much they cost. I’ve been keeping everyone in the loop by updating it every time a purchase is made or when the kids think of something that needs to be added. It has definitely made collaborating with grandparents much easier than all the years before.
Working on the kids’ list made me start thinking about what I’d like Santa to bring me this year, so I started working on a list of my own. Usually, I’d ask for all the girlie things I can’t ever afford: jewelry, clothes, purses, make up, etc. – however, those things never seem to bring me pleasure or use for more than a few months before I’m bored with them. This year I decided to ask Santa for things to feed my mind and further my research… I figure I’ll get more solid use out of these things.
I thought I’d share my Genealogy Christmas Wishlist with all of you today. Who knows, maybe it will inspire you to ask for a few genealogy gifts for yourself too!
The Misfit’s Genealogy Christmas Wishlist:
- MacBook Pro – I’ve been wanting a laptop computer for a while now. How awesome it must be to be able to work from anywhere! I’d love to be able to walk to the Port City Java across the street and work on my blog posts or research. I think I prefer the MacBook over all the other laptops I’ve seen – I like the idea of being able to use iMessage from my computer, having iTunes coming pre-installed, and I’m a fan Apple’s operating system.
- Windows 7 – My desktop computer is in desperate need of an upgrade and new operating system. Windows Vista is the worst operating system I have ever used. I have had more than my share of problems since I’ve been using Vista. My biggest problem has been that the Windows Installer on Vista has been out for over a year now and I can’t install any programs I need – which drives me completely insane.
- Nikon 1 J1 – I’ve admitted time and again that I’m a shutterbug. Unfortunately, I’m a shutterbug without the tool of the trade: a camera. I use to love my big DSLR, but I’ve been thinking lately my next camera needs to produce high quality images without being quite as expensive or difficult to operate. I may dabble in photography, but I’m no professional. Next time I get a camera I want it to be something that can be carried without a huge carrying case, cute, and captures beautiful images. While browsing around I ran across the Nikon 1 J1 in pink… I must have it!
- Flip Pal Scanner – I definitely need a portable scanner that can be carried with me to visit family, libraries, and court houses. I hear great things about the Flip Pal (which every geneablogger out there seems to recommend), so when it comes time to purchase one… this is the one I want.
- Complete Foxfire Book Series – The Foxfire series was written with the intention of preserving the culture of the Southern Appalachians. The books cover hundreds of different Appalachian traditions and talk about things like building log cabins, mountain medicines, folklore, etc. My Papaw Cochran is actually mentioned in Foxfire 5. I once had my own copy of this book, but one of my dogs got angry when I left for the day and ate all of the books on my bookshelf. I’ve wanted to replace it for years, but still haven’t managed to do so.
- The brothers Crawford: Colonel William, 1722-1782 and Valentine Jr., 1724-1777 – Volumes 1 & 2 – I have been wanting my own set of these books since I first started researching my ancestry in 2004, when I discovered that I am a direct descendant of Valentine Crawford, Jr. I consider him to be my most interesting ancestor. Valentine was an aide to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, a land surveyor, died in an tragic accident, and though his family had money… he died poor and without a will. I’d love to sit down and read more about him.
- Images of America: Haywood County – This is another book I have been wanting for quite some time. I’ve browsed through it at Barnes & Noble once or twice… and each time I find myself wishing I had brought it home with me. I’m 100% certain that I can find all sorts of links to my various Haywood County lines within the pages of this book – it is definitely a book that I need.
- Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace - I take meticulous notes on where all of the evidence to support my research comes from. Does that mean I have been taught to properly cite my sources? No. I’d love a copy of this book, so I can learn the proper way to cite my sources.
- Professional Genealogy – I’ve been wanting this book by Elizabeth Shown Mills for a little over a year now. It’s pretty much the genealogy bible from what I’ve read. I’m very curious to see what I can do better when I research and what needs to be done if I ever decide to present my findings somewhere outside of The Sanford Family Misfit. This book definitely needs to be in my genealogy library.
- File Cabinet – I’ve been keeping file boxes full of my genealogy research, photos, and other paperwork for eight years now. It’s a pain to keep everything in a tiny little file box – they are small, they break very easily, and they make the room they are stored in look more like a dorm room than a research station. I’m ready to upgrade to a real file cabinet (hopefully one that matches my beautiful computer desk).
That completes my current wishlist… I’m hoping Santa actually comes through and brings me one or two things off of it this year, so next year I can write a whole new post. Does anyone else have a genealogy wishlist they are handing off to Santa this year?