Waiting for Wine

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As I write this, I'm waiting for a case of wine. If not for a delivery hiccup, this would be a complete surprise, but I was forewarned by the sender this time so the second attempt would not go astray.

The reason for the wine? To thank me for research I did for a friend of one of my cousins. She contacted me last month hoping to track down some maternal cousins to surprise her mother at Christmas, and fortunately, I was able to assist.

Oddly, this is the second time I'm welcoming a case of wine (yes, a case) into my home for poking around in someone's family tree to solve a long-standing riddle, and that got me wondering about the gifts my fellow genealogists have received. I'm not talking about paying clients, and of course, most of us routinely get thank-you emails (I hope!) when we lend a helping hand, but what else has come your way? In addition to the simple satisfaction of using your research powers for good, what's the most unexpected "I appreciate your sleuthing" bonus you've ever received?

November 2014 Seton Shields Genealogy Grant

Alex Trapps-Chabala began, at age 15, to research his 5th Great Grandfather, Jordan B. Noble, a drummer in Andrew Jackson's militia who played an important role in the Battle of New Orleans. Alex will be attending commemorative events to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. While there, he will be presenting information on the life of his ancestor, who gained fame throughout his life both for his music and his role in the history of New Orleans. The grant award will fund copies of records at the New Orleans Public Library to help further Alex's research.

Genealogy Roundup, December 24

Sean Hayes Traces Roots to Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland. More on this here.

Fulmoth Kearney, President Obama's Irish Immigrant Ancestor, Gets a Tombstone

Photo of Barack Obama's Irish Immigrant 3rd Great-Grandfather, Fulmoth Kearney, Discovered–thanks to Fulmoth's great-great-granddaughter, Merlyn White. For more about this, see also this article, which I love, by Sheila Langan of Irish Central!

New Pennsylvania archivist has big task – My kind of archivist and good news for PA! "...at age 10, he was forbidden to enter the genealogy room in his local library So he wrote his congressman and soon received permission to enter."

Genealogy Roundup, November 26

How to Avoid Dying Alone With No One to Claim Your Body ~ It seems folks are starting to wake up to the concept of unclaimed persons. Here's another article that borrows from the recent Los Angeles Times article and others.

WWII Love Letters Reveal 3 Soldiers Vying for Same Woman’s Heart

3D Printing Allows Man to Preserve & Replicate a Piece of Family History in Incredible Fashion ~ Sounds as if it takes some doing, but cool idea. Suspect it's in my future. Yours?