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What I’m thankful for…

As the genealogical community here in the United States heads off to celebrate Thanksgiving, The Legal Genealogist invites readers to stop for a few days and take stock.

thankfulJust what is it that we’re thankful for?

The opportunity, as today’s graphic suggests, to eat, drink and be thankful is — all by itself — something to be thankful for. I hit Medicare age this year, and that alone is a wonder.

Not just the fact that I now have Medicare, which is a wonderful thing. But, more importantly, the fact that I made it to 65 despite all the dumb stunts I’ve pulled in my life.

So just waking up each day is indeed something to be thankful for.

Being part of this community of genealogists, too, is something to be thankful for. We’re like a bunch of cousins — at least of the kissin’ variety. We snarl and spat and fight and fuss — and we have each others’ backs, 100 percent. We can mess with each other, sure, but nobody outside messes with any one of us.

But it doesn’t have to be big huge existential things, like life and the love of friends, that we’re thankful for.

Sometimes it’s the littler things. Things like:

• The Library of Virginia replacing its old reader printers with the ScanPro microfilm scanners.

• The National Archives in Washington, D.C., letting you scan a file for free if you’re researching onsite, as long as it can then put the digitized record online.

• Hein Online making access to its collection Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law available to everyone — free.

• And — sigh — like finding Probate Record Book A from Wharton County, Texas, has been digitized by Ancestry so you can double-check that page citation. At 3 a.m. In your bunny slippers.

What’s on your thankful-for list in 2016?

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