To the hosts and more of 2022
It’s hard to know just how to feel as this crazy crazy year of 2022 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 next to the last day of 2022?
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. The pandemic isn’t really over. Even if travel wasn’t still somewhat perilous, the travel woes keep getting worse. Add to that a new house (meaning new everything: doctor, dentist, eye doctor, veterinarian, lawyer, Indian chief…) and… sigh… I really am glad this year is coming to an end.
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 otherwise here at the end of 2022, and goes out first to each and every single one of my 2022 hosts:
• Legacy Family Tree webinars, and hosts Geoff Rasmussen and Marian Pierre Louis who always make things so easy
• California Society DAR
• Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
• American-Canadian Genealogical Society
• Manatee Genealogical Society
• Florida Genealogical Society – Tampa
• Qualicum Beach Family History Society
• Genealogical Society of Sarasota
• Fellowship of Rotarian Genealogists
• Fayetteville Public Library
• Town & Country Public Library
• Northland Genealogy Society
• Chester County History Center
• Family History Society of Arizona
• Schenectady County Historical Society
• History for Ukraine
• New Bern-Craven County Public Library
• THE Genealogy Show
• SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2022
• Botany Bay Family History Society
• Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society
• Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
• Massachusetts Society of Genealogists
• Wisconsin Historical Society
• Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society
• Sonoma County Genealogical Society
• Tennessee State Library & Archives
• Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana
• Clallam County Genealogical Society
• National Genealogical Society, Sacramento
• Genealogical Society of New Jersey
• Athens-Clarke County Library
• Middlesex Chapter MSOG
• Cape Cod Genealogical Society
• Monmouth County Genealogical Society
• Mississippi Genealogical Society
• Kane County Genealogical Society and Batavia Public Library
• Western Reserve Historical Society
• Auckland Family History Expo
• Emily Foweler Central Library, Denton
• Northwest Suburban Genealogical Society
• Kentucky Genealogical Society
• New York State Family History Conference
• Seattle Genealogical Society
• Association of Professional Genealogists, Writers SIG
• Association of Professional Genealogists PMC
• NJ State Society DAR
• Fox Valley Genealogical Society
• Montana State Genealogical Society
• Contra Costa County Genealogical Society
• Family History Down Under 2022
• Castle Rock County Genealogical Society
• Bucks County Genealogical Society
And a huge thank-you also goes to the institutes where I was privileged to teach in 2022, and to the students I was privileged to teach and to learn from. At the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), I served as coordinator of the “Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis” course. At one session of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Rick Sayre and I co-coordinated “Law School for Genealogists” and in the other I coordinated “Women and Children First! Research Methods for the Hidden Members of the Family.” And thanks to the other coordinators who let me come play in their classes at these institutes and at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute.
This has been a tough year. To all of you who’ve made it survivable, my thanks. To all of you who kept me SAFE this year — and you know who you are — my very special thanks.
A very very special thanks goes out to my friend, colleague and comrade in mischief, Helen Smith of Australia, my fellow traveler through the Northern Territory this year, who reminded me that slowing down and smelling the flowers (and watching the birds and petting the koalas) is a really good idea in a really frenetic time…
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.
Onward… to what we all can hope will be a better, safer, happier, healthier, maybe even a calmer 2023.
Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “The Official TLG 2022 Thank You List,” The Legal Genealogist (https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog : posted 30 Dec 2022).