Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Genealogist's Christmas Eve

'Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even my spouse.

The dining room table with clutter was spread
With pedigree charts and with letters which said...
"Too bad about the data for which you wrote;
Sank in a storm on an ill-fated boat."

Stacks of old copies of wills and such
Were proof that my work had become too much.
Our children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.

And I at my table was ready to drop
From work on my album with photos to crop.
Christmas was here, and such was my lot
That presents and goodies and toys I'd forgot.

Had I not been busy with grandparents' wills,
I'd not have forgotten to shop for such thrills,
While others bought gifts to bring Christmas cheers,
I'd spent time researching those birth dates and years.

While I was thus musing about my sad plight,
A strange noise on the lawn gave me such a great fright.
Away to the window I flew in a flash,
Tore open the drapes and yanked up the sash.

When what with my wondering eyes should appear,
But an overstuffed sleigh and eight small reindeer.
Up to the house top the reindeer they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys and 'ole Santa Claus, too.

And then in a twinkle, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of thirty-two hoofs.
As I drew in my head, and bumped it on the sash,
Down the cold chimney fell Santa--KER-RASH!

"Dear" Santa had come from the roof in a wreck,
And tracked soot on the carpet, (I could wring his short neck!)
Spotting my face, good 'ole Santa could see
I had no Christmas spirit you'd have to agree.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings, (I felt like a jerk).
Here was Santa, who'd brought us such gladness and joy:
When I'd been too busy for even one toy.

He spied my research on the table all spread
"A genealogist!" He cried! (My face was all red!)
"Tonight I've met many like you," Santa grinned,
As he pulled from his sack a large book he had penned.

I gazed with amusement--the cover it read
Genealogy Lines for Which You Have Plead.
"I know what it's like as a genealogy bug."
He said as he gave me a great Santa hug.

"While the elves make the sleighful of toys I now carry,
I do some research in the North Pole Library!
A special treat I am thus able to bring,
To genealogy folk who can't find a thing."

"Now off you go to your bed for a rest,
I'll clean up the house from this genealogy mess."
As I climbed up the stairs full of gladness and glee,
I looked back at Santa who'd brought much to me.

While settling in bed, I heard Santa's clear whistle,
To his team, which then rose like the down of a thistle.
And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight,
"Family history is Fun! Merry Christmas! Goodnight!"
--Author Unknown
 -- The earliest attribution found for this particular poem is for Gibbs Publishing House of Toledo, Ohio, which published it as a Christmas Card. Some Web sites attribute the poem to Dora Mills c. 2001, but it has been around since at least 1988. Dora Mills does appear to have written at least one poem based on Clement Moore's poem, titled A Christmas Incident which appeared in the Ash Tree Echo in January 1983.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Researching Your Family History on the Internet

The Spring classes for Tri County Community have been set and Larry is bringing back an update version of his most popular class - Researching Your Family History on the Internet.

The Internet offers a wonderful array of databases, records, and other resources for researching your family tree online. Knowing how to search and where to search online is a must for any genealogist using the Internet for their research. Without this information, you may just end up spinning your wheels.
This course will teach you how to search like a pro, find genealogy databases, and discover your family history on the Web. All the top sites such as Ancestry, FamilySearch, GenealogyBank, Fold3, National Archives, Google, Mocavo and many more will be covered. Students will learn how to find these resources, tips and tricks on using them, and how to put them to use in their family research.
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required in order to get a confirmed seat. This course is open to all, but some knowledge of the genealogy research process is required to make effective use of the course material. This course will be offered on two different nights and seating is very, very limited.

Instructor - Larry Van Horn (14 Week Class)
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday (Starts January 15)
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday (Starts January 17)

You have basically Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18 to get on the list before the college closes for the holidays. You will be able to register after the holidays starting on January 7.
As of this writing Tuesday night is filling fast with more seats available on Thursday night. Since class size is limited to 13 only, I highly recommend you do not delay in getting registered. Once they are full, I can't squeeze anyone else in.lineage
Hope to CU all in classes.
Tri County College genealogy instructor Larry Van Horn discusses a lineage and how to use DNA testing.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Free Genealogy Workshop to Discuss DNA This Weekend

Free Genealogy Workshop to Discuss DNA Tests in Genealogy Research
Local Family Historian to Conduct Free Genealogy Seminar
Genealogists trace family trees through vital records and historical documents. But most of you, like most all genealogists, will find like that inevitably the paper trail eventually ends in a “brick wall.”

Non-paternity events, such as illegitimate births, adoptions, and name changes can also mean that a branch you are tracing may not, in fact, be part of your biological tree. There is a way to conduct genealogy research under such conditions and thanks to genetic genealogy DNA testing, that break through brick walls and find the truth.

If you are interested in genealogy, genetic genealogy testing or have already testing and looking for more information, then a free genetic DNA genealogy workshop that will be held on December 8 is a must attend.

Larry Van Horn, noted local family historian, syndicated genealogy newspaper columnist, and genealogy instructor/lecturer will conduct this free genetic genealogy seminar for genealogists on December 8 (Saturday morning) between 9:00-12:00 a.m. at the Moss Memorial Library, 26 Anderson Street in Hayesville, North Carolina.

Larry, who has been teaching genealogy classes at Tri-County Community College for the last 14 years, will present material that will aid the newcomer in discovering their family's past using this new high tech genealogy tool.

So if you are interested in researching your past, and uncovering your family's great American story, be sure to mark December 8 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Moss Memorial Library on your calendar.
Larry Van Horn discusses autsomal DNA testing results on an ancestral chart (Photo by Gayle Van Horn)