Suggestion for Thanksgiving

+3 votes

I have a suggestion for Thanksgiving! Everyone has one Special Ancestor that they can't find and would love to find.  I suggest we put the names of those who wish to participate and draw the name and everyone participating will research this one person. The power of all of us would pull a great deal of information from the web for the winner!

in The Tree House by Taylor Worthington Gilchrist G2G6 Mach 8 (85.1k points)

3 Answers

+5 votes
I like this idea! But I think we could have more than one winner. Maybe 10 or 20 and people could volunteer to research a name.
by Susan Hughes G2G6 Mach 3 (39.1k points)
+4 votes
I assume you're referring to the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving since the Canadian holiday is long gone, and most countries don't set aside a day.  However, since this idea could work any time, not just on a specific U.S. holiday, I wonder how well it would work.  I'm a proficient researcher, and my brick walls have that status for a reason. Unless another person had access to an esoteric resource that I have yet to encounter, they'd run into the same problems that I have, and thus even more of us would have wasted valuable time not finding out anything new.  But others will presumably be more optimistic.
by J. Crook G2G6 Pilot (208k points)
Having lived in New Zealand for a few years I should have remembered that not all countries celebrate Thanksgiving!  This could be done at any time!  I'm sure there are many proficient researcher's such as yourself on Wikitree. However, I would think, and I may be wrong, that most of us are not as proficient at researching as the experts.

Something like this would mean a great deal to us! And we would learn of new places to look for research documents.

Thanks for responding to my post.

That sounds like a great idea J!  We could have a "brick wall of the month" as a regular activity, the way we used to have "profile of the week", with everyone free to nominate a brick wall profile, random selection of 1 each month, and then everyone collaborating to work on it.

I like that idea!

+2 votes
Sounds like a "Challenge"...It is always a nice distraction to search for non-family members once in awhile. I would definitely sign-up to participate.
by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (593k points)

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