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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Now That's It's Christmas

Now That Its Christmas
   by Vern Taylor 25 Dec 2009

Santa has finished, making his rounds,
Of visiting all the little ones in their towns.
He's parked the sleigh and rubbed down their coats,
And given the reindeer an extra measure of oats.

Now he does something no one sees him do,
He kneels by the rocker and prays for you.
To remember the joy of this season throughout the year,
And continue to spread feelings of love and cheer.

He prays for all those dying and without food or rest,
He prays that we will keep trying to do our best.
He prays for peace and love to increase in ways,
That will benefit us all in the coming days.

And he's most thankful for One who followed the plan,
To be born, live, and die, and resurrect for man.
And joy fills his heart and lifts him once again,
To be home with his family cause of hope that's in Him.

Merry Christmas from me to you 2010.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Free Genealogy Webinars

One of the things I like about Legacy FamilyTree is their free webinars.

January upcoming webinars
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - Google for Genealogists with Thomas MacEntee.
Friday, January 21, 2011 - Improving Your Use of New FamilySearch: Data Cleanup Strategies with Geoff Rasmussen
Saturday, January 22, 2011 - New FamilySearch Made Easy with Legacy Family Tree

February upcoming webinars

Newspapers: Critical Resource to Complete Your Family Tree. It will be hosted by Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen and presented by librarian, lecturer, author, newspaper expert,'s Thomas Jay Kemp
While the live webinar is not until Wednesday, February 2, 2011, space is limited to the first 1,000 attendees, so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free.

Chasing Women - Finding Your Female Ancestors. Hosted by Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen and presented's Leland K. Meitzler, you are in for a real treat.
While the live webinar is not until Wednesday, February 16, 2011, space is limited to the first 1,000 attendees, so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free.

The Week Before Christmas

It's the week before Christmas
I wondered how to cope
Through pain, weather, suffering,
Christmas music gave me hope.

On the fourth day till Christmas,
I was checking out the list,
The only thing that I had not,
Was a Christmas kiss.

On the third day till Christmas,
I was snuggled up with a movie,
Writing some encouragement,
To my friends and family.

On the second day till Christmas,
Santas running out of minutes,
Tomorrow is the biggest day,
To deliver all the trinkets.

On the day before Christmas,
If I haven't finished the shopping
The lines are long the toys all gone
And the gifts are sent without wrapping.
~Vern Taylor

Monday, December 20, 2010

Gifts of Genealogy

I really love the stories Anne Bradshaw finds about the gifts of genealogy. Here's

a good example of "heart" and the sharing of one's time and one's proximity to records to help a fellow researcher. 

Anne BradshawDecember 20, 2010 at 7:09am

Thursday, December 16, 2010

2nd season of "Who do You Think You Are?"

NBC announces the celebrity line-up for the 2nd season of "Who do You Think You Are?" 

“Who Do You Think You Are” to Feature Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, Vanessa Williams & Ashley Judd PREMIERING FEBRUARY 4


LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2010 Contest

***Countdown to Christmas 2010 Contest***

LDSWBR will hold a drawing on December 26, 2010 for a $50 Amazon Gift Card, as well as a variety of books being offered by some great LDS authors.

Book prizes generously donated by the authors:

  • Oh, Say Can You See? by Laurie (LC) Lewis
  • Backlash by Traci Hunter Abramson
  • Alma the Younger by Heather (HB) Moore
  • True Miracles with Genealogy by Anne Bradshaw
  • Dingo by Anne Bradshaw
  • Second Kiss by Natalie Palmer
  • Cross My Heart by Julie Wright
  • Cold As Ice by Stephanie Black
  • Meg's Melody by Kaylee Baldwin
  • Save the Child by Margaret Turley
  • Anasazi Intrigue (ebook) by Linda Weaver Clarke
  • Mayan Intrigue (ebook) by Linda Weaver Clarke
  • The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards (and Walnut Springs Press)
  • A cute, handmade apron by Joan Sowards

How to enter:

  • Post a thoughtful comment on the Countdown to Christmas 2010 posts. Comments can be added on any of the countdown posts at anytime during the contest period (December 1, 2010 through December 25, 2010). Only one comment per person per "Countdown to Christmas" post will be entered into the drawing. Feel free to comment more than once per post if you'd like, but only one comment will be accepted as an entry.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @LDSWBR - then send us a direct message to let us know you want to be entered in the Countdown to Christmas 2010 Contest. If you are already a follower send a direct message telling us you want to be included in the contest.
  • Tweet this message each day (one entry per day). Just copy and paste into your twitter message window to send it (LDSWBR must be able to see the tweet): LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2010 at! Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card & great books! @ldswbr
  • Follow LDSWBR on Facebook, then send an email to ldswbr at gmail dot com that you’d like to be entered into the Countdown to Christmas 2010 Contest. If you already follow LDSWBR on Facebook, send us an email to let us know you’d like to be included in the contest.
  • **BONUS +5 entries**- Blog about this contest on your blog in a post that includes a link back to the LDSWBR blog, then send us the link to your specific blog post.

Here are the rules:
  • Contest ends at 12:00 Midnight MST on December 25, 2010. Drawing winners will have until 12:00 Midnight MST on January 3, 2010 to claim their prize. After that time, another name will be drawn to receive the prize.
  • LDSWBR reserves the right to decide what determines a "thoughtful" comment.
  • Physical book prizes can only be shipped within the contiguous United States.
  • Authors taking part in the countdown are eligible to participate in the contest.
  • The drawing held on December 26, 2010 will be a raffle-type drawing. All entries will be combined and names drawn for the prizes.

Please join us in counting down to Christmas with some great reads!

First Blog

Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary dead at age 72 in September 2009. I still love their version of The 

Marvelous Toy. Here they teach you how to sing the sound effects: