To the hosts and more of 2021
It’s hard to know just how to feel as this crazy crazy year of 2021 draws finally to a close.
On one hand, The Legal Genealogist can’t help but glance at the calendar with the usual reaction: It isn’t really already…?
How can it be…?
Can it really be the last day of 2021?
On the other hand, it seems like it’s been literally forever that this year has dragged on, and so many times it’s felt like it was never really going to end. And with yet another letter of the Greek alphabet getting a workout — hello, Omicron, now please leave — we’re all doing an awful lot of “goodbye–good riddance–don’t let the door hit you on the way out” thinking today, aren’t we?
But even with all we’ve dealt and fought over and cried about, there are still so many people who made a difference this year. Who helped keep me afloat. Who kept my spirits up. Who taught me. Who challenged me. Who gave me a chance to be heard. Who were there.
So the traditional year-end thanks is even more heartfelt than usual here at the end of 2021. First to the hosts, who so ably shifted — often with wry humor and rolled eyes — to the virtual environment:
• African-American SIG, Genealogy Forum of Oregon
• African American Genealogy Group, Philadelphia
• Lorain County Chapter, OGS
• Naugatuck Valley (CT) Genealogy Club
• Kinseekers of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee
• Society of Australian Genealogists
• Sussex County (DE) Genealogical Society
• Capital District (NY) Genealogical Society
• Milwaukee Genealogical Society
• Germanic Genealogical Society
• Newtown (CT) Genealogy Club
• West Florida Genealogical Society
• William & Mary Lemon Project
• Wake County (NC) Genealogical Society
• Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library
• Skagit Valley (WA) Genealogical Society
• South Orange County California Genealogical Society
• Friends of Corpus Christi Public Libraries
• Virginia Genealogical Society
• San Diego Genealogical Society
• Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Chicago
• Northwest Suburban (IL) Genealogy Society
• Family History Down Under Online (Australia)
• New York Family History Conference
• Family Tree webinars, and hosts Geoff Rasmussen and Marian Pierre-Louis who make things easy
• APG Professional Management Conference
• Genealogy Friends of Plano (TX) Libraries
• Utah Genealogical Society Summit of Excellence
• Lee County (FL) Genealogical Society
• Genealogical Society of North Orange County California
• Central Jersey Genealogy Club
• Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society, California
• Albuquerque (NM) Genealogical Society
• Boulder (CO) Genealogical Society
• Plainfield (NJ) Public Library
• Alabama Genealogical Society
• New Mexico Genealogical Society
• The Villages Genealogical Society
• Appleton (WI) Public Library
• International German Genealogy Conference
• National Capitol Chapter-APG
• The Germanna Foundation
• Bucks County (PA) Genealogical Society
• Archives of Michigan
• New Jersey State Library
• Sacramento (CA) Public Library
• Main Line (PA) Genealogy Club
• South King County (WA) Genealogical Society
• Chula Vista Genealogical Society
• National Genealogical Society, LIVE!
• Mount Vernon Genealogical Society
• Cobb County (GA) Genealogical Society
• Wabash Valley Genealogical Society
• Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
• Orange County (NY) Genealogical Society
• BCG Education Fund Workshop
• APG Forensic Genealogy Section
• Ventura County (CA) Genealogical Society
• Mecklenburg (NC) Genealogical Society
• Orange County (CA) Genealogical Society
• Jewish Genealogical Society of North Jersey
• Ridgefield (CT) Historical Society
• Bristol Chapter MSOG
• California Society DAR
• RootsTech Connect 2021
• Middlesex Chapter MSOG
• Virtual Genealogical Association
• Harford County (MD) Public Library
• Genealogical Society of New Jersey
• Sonoma County (CA) Genealogical Society
• Italian Genealogical Group
And a huge thank-you also goes to the institutes where I was privileged to teach in 2021, and to the students I was privileged to teach and to learn from. At the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January, I coordinated the “Corpus Juris: Advanced Law for Genealogists” course. At the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), I served as coordinator of the “Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis” course. And at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Rick Sayre and I co-rdinated two sessions of “Law School for Genealogists.” And thanks to the other coordinators who let me come play in their classes at these institutes and at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute and the “Researching Family in Pennsylvania” program at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
To all those cancelled or rescheduled in 2021, well, let’s just plan on 2022 or even 2023, shall we?
I would definitely be remiss if I didn’t extend a very special thanks to Blaine Bettinger, genetic genealogist extraordinaire who, in his abundant spare time (koff koff), is a patent and trademark specialist who answered my questions patiently so that The Legal Genealogist became The Legal Genealogist® in 2021.
And to all of you who’ve made this year survivable, my thanks.
To those of you who kept me SAFE this year — and you know who you are — my very special thanks.
And to you, the readers of this blog… what can I say? You’ve challenged me, taught me, laughed with me, cried with me. And here, at year’s end, we can finally say we made it through this crazy year.
The bottom line, as always, is that any year with good friends — old and new — is a good year here at The Legal Genealogist. Er… The Legal Genealogist®. (😀)
Onward… to what we all can hope will be a better, safer, happier, healthier, fully vaccinated 2022.
Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “The Official TLG 2021 Thank You List,” The Legal Genealogist (https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog : posted 31 Dec 2021).