Saturday, December 7, 2013

Hey Santa


     I was reading a genealogy blog purporting to list the best Christmas gifts for genealogists, first on the list?  A freaking cookbook.  Are you kidding me?  Who has time to cook? I have ancestors to find.  Another suggestion was a book called A Cup of Comfort For Christmas, which kinda sounds like a rip-off of the Chicken Soup books, then there were some downloadable family tree charts, ho hum...the only thing on the list I found interesting was the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, now that could be useful.

Finding most of the suggested gifts  so uninspiring, I decided to make my own list--

1) I'm willing to bet those bozos dedicated civil servants at the NYS Department of Health haven't thought of this -- gift cards!  Can you imagine?  No longer would I receive puzzled looks and blank stares when I request death certificates for Christmas.

2) I lack the time to sweep my floor everyday, so these little babies would come in handy.  I could sweep every time I got up to refill my coffee mug

3) I'm always writing notes to myself which I promptly lose, so sticky notes are a must--these even have categories and a built in excuse in the bottom right hand corner

4) Fuzzy Bunny!  I occasionally clean my desk and computer screen, this adorable bunny gets the job done and leaves a "zesty lemon scent" according to the advert.  He could also double as a lemon scented punching bag when I can't find my dead relatives in a census I know they should be in

5) I spend enormous amounts of time in cemeteries, and naturally I take copious notes while I'm there.  With this attractive notebook they would all be in one place

    There you have it, my top five Christmas gifts for the genealogists on your list.


  1. Ellie! You have me sitting here all alone cracking up over this post. I WOULD PICK THE FLIP-PAL MOBILE SCANNER, TOO. We're hopeless! Merry Christmas to you. :) Warm regards, Deb

  2. Hi Deb, Thanks so much for commenting, I'm glad I gave you a laugh. I'm also glad to learn I'm not the only one who DOESN"T want a cookbook for Christmas ;). Happy Christmas to you too!!
    Best Wishes,