Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday Night Fun: Myrt's Christmas Wish List

Fellow geneablogger Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Fun this week is irresistible: "Take some time from the Christmas shopping and wrapping frenzy - and have a little Genealogy Fun!! Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

Here's your chance to sit on Genea-Santa's lap (virtually) and tell him your Christmas genealogy-oriented dreams.

Write your Genea-Santa letter. 
Have you been a good genealogy girl or boy?  What genealogy-oriented items are on your Christmas wish list?  They could be family history items, technology items, or things that you want to pursue your ancestral quest."

Here's Ol' Myrt's Christmas Wish List

Thank-you stopping by the homes of my grandchildren last year. Seeing the twinkles in their eyes as we once again make little surprises for their parents, tells me all I need to know about this season of giving.

But SINCE Ol' Myrt is sitting here on your lap, and SINCE you are asking, here are my wishes for this Christmas:

1. Can you bring me MORE TIME to get my research and filing done?

2. I'd like some PATIENCE for those documents due from the technologically challenged, not-to-be-named courthouse in Missouri, where my ancestors once lived.

3. Can you encourage the techies at BetterGEDCOM come up with a better file-sharing protocol, so all of my data will easily transfer when I send a file to my new cousin Russ?

4. Can I please have an iPad with wi-fi? (Mr. Myrt can help you with this!)

I've been good, and I promise not to ask for anything else until next year!

Myrt     :)

PS - Rudolph's pedigree chart is coming along fine. I'll send you the results of my ten hours research by return email.


  1. Myrt, I am one of your loyal readers, although I can't remember making a comment before now. Your Santa's letter inspired me to think about my genealogy-related gift list. When I read #4, I just had to ask you about it. Could you expand a little on why you asked for an iPad and the uses you imagine? I am a Windows girl, but the iPad is tempting for its convenient size, especially if it would be appropriate for genealogy/research/writing. Thanks so much for any comments you might have. Merry Christmas.
    Nancy Hurley

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  3. Well, DearNANCY, I sat next to Dick Eastman in November at a FamilySearch Bloggers' conference. Across from us sat Kimberly Powell of's genealogy section. Both had iPads.

    These light-weight iPads have more power than Netbooks -- with batteries lasting about 10 hours.

    The iPad is more versatile than a Kindle for reading e-books, as one can access any website, update Facebook, blog, use Google maps, and a ton of other things.

    As Steve Job demonstrated the iPad on TV last winter, he showed how it could run presentation programs -- like an iPad version of PowerPoint. I don't know how the iPad attaches to the computer projector -- perhaps wirelessly? Not sure.

    The only thing I wish the iPad had is a camera. Weird it doesn't come with it and our cell phones do.

    BTW Dick Eastman told Ol' Myrt here to get the additional keyboard as he uses. Looks like that facilitates fast typing.

    I expect to be able to access any of my photo or document files using my folder. I can view ma version of my genealogy data using Reunions. See Dick Eastman's "Reunion for iPad" blog entry.