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All I want for Christmas

Dear Santa,

I know you’re really in a hurry today.

Merry Christmas Santa Claus Holding Gift Bag And Running.I know we’re almost out of time.

And I know maybe I haven’t been that good this year.

But hey… I’m trying.

(I know. I know. Very trying.)

(C’mon, Santa, I’ve been good enough for those DNA samples and you know it.)

But before I sign off for the holiday, can I just mention one itsy bitsy teeny weeny thing more?

Like all those absolutely wonderful county, local, regional and specialized societies out there without which genealogy would be darned near impossible to do? I mean, seriously, Santa, you can leave a few extra presents on behalf of the entire genealogical community in the stocking of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, which works so hard on records access to benefit us all, right?

And, Santa, I want to tell you… I’ve had the chance this year to meet folks from a wide variety of smaller genealogical societies and, really, they’re terrific. There aren’t enough complimentary phrases: they’re the cream of the crop, the salt of the earth, the cat’s meow.

I can’t list then all, Santa, but let me just name a few for people to check out…

And just between you and me, Santa, nobody’d mind if you left a few new members in their stockings this Christmas.

Trust me, Santa. They all deserve it… these and so many more:

San Luis Obispo (Cal.) Genealogical Society

German Genealogy Group of Long Island (NY)

Fairfax (Va.) Genealogical Society

Imperial Polk County (Fla.) Genealogical Society

Connetquot (NY) Public Library Genealogy Program

Genealogy Research Group of the Patchogue-Medford (NY) Public Library

Southern California Genealogical Society

St. Clair County (Ill.) Genealogical Society

St. Mary’s County (Md.) Genealogical Society

Ocean County (NJ) Genealogical Society

Muscogee County (Ga.) Genealogical Society

Chicago Genealogical Society

Dallas Genealogical Society

Genealogical Forum of (Portland) Oregon

San Mateo County (Cal.) Genealogical Society

Mt. Vernon (Va.) Genealogical Society

Genealogical Society of Bergen County (NJ)

Bucks County (Pa.) Genealogical Society

Hudson County (NJ) Genealogical & Historical Society

And, Santa, I’d really be remiss if I didn’t mention the very first local genealogy group I ever joined — the Burke County, North Carolina, Genealogical Society, where my Baker, Buchanan, Davenport and Wiseman kin put down roots.

And… oh, Santa, really, I know. I know. You can’t bring new members to all the society stockings yourself.

But how ’bout this? Maybe you could just leave a note in everyone’s stocking reminding us to take a look at all the wonderful groups, amazing people, and terrific resources… right in our own backyards. You can do that, right?

And, oh, Santa?

Merry Christmas.

And thanks for all you do.

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