Dear Genealogy Santa 2016

Dear Genealogy Santa

My online buddy Elizabeth Swanay O'Neal has a blog party this month asking what do we want the Genealogy Santa to bring this year. My Roots-Tech buddy Randy Seaver, who traded blogger beads with me so that I could have maroon & white (Texas A&M colors) of which I still wear regularly, also wants to know what we want from dear old Saint Nick. I made a video to accompany my Christmas letter.

Dear Genealogy Santa Claus,

This year has been so fun and blessed, I'm not sure if I could ask for more. I've taught beginner genealogy classes at a local library, served at a local family history center, accepted the role of vice-president for my local genealogy society. In return for my service, I have taught at the Clayton Genealogical Library in downtown Houston, the Texas State Genealogy Conference in Dallas, and have been accepted to teach at RootsTech 2017. My wish list to teach and educate has been granted in 2016, along with breakthroughs in two family lines. So, what would I possibly ask for?

Here's my list in no particular order:

  1. The entirety of the Columbus, Ohio Dispatch digitized, indexed, and available in one source (be it,, or Chronicling America)
  2. The photo album in the home of the ex-husband of my distant cousin that belonged to my grandmother to magically appear in my mailbox
  3. The opportunity to teach at the BYU Family History Conference
  4. More love for editing my writing so I'll finish the narratives
  5. More subscribers for the YouTube Channel
Hey Nick, if you don't have time to read, I made this video especially for you!

Click the video to play

I'll understand if anything on this list isn't yet possible. I already have everything I want for Christmas, a wonderful husband, five amazing superhero children, a lovely house, and thousands of ancestors on my family tree. I will consider any gifts from you a delightful bonus.

Take Care,

Devon Noel Lee

PS Thanks for helping me complete my memoir, From Metal to Rhinestones: A Quest for the Crown. My children love it, and so does my mother-in-law.


  1. I love that you made a video for Genea-Santa. I'm sure he will love it, too, and leave you some special gifts this Christmas. Looking forward to meeting up with you again at RootsTech 2017. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

    1. Thanks Linda. Glad you liked the video. It's so much fun! And yes, we'll definitely need to meet up a RootsTech

  2. If Genea-Santa is listening, I vote for him to immediately grant wish #2. And wishing you the best in your teaching and writing for 2017!

    1. Marian, Thanks. I would REALLY love that one granted but distance (both physical and emotional) makes receiving that album in need of a HUGE Christmas miracle. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Very nice message to the Big Guy. I love it! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    1. Thanks Randy. Hope to see you in February. I'll be wearing my blogger beads from Y-O-U.

  4. Guess what! I was granted the wish to teach at the BYU Family history Conference!


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