The giveaways

Giving it away

One of the most amazing things about living in the 21st century is how much we are being given, absolutely free.

Think about it.

haikuOn Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, the U.S. National Archives gave us — absolutely free — more than a dozen presentations on records and research available through the National Archives and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

On Wednesday of last week, Legacy Family Tree Webinars gave us — absolutely free — a presentation by Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL, on Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer!

Tonight, at 9 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. CDT, the Illinois State Genealogical Society is offering a webinar — absolutely free — where somebody else with the CG and CGL credentials is presenting “To the Honorable, the General Assembly” – The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions.

(Who’s doing that one again? Oh, yeah. The Legal Genealogist. Join me! Register here.)

So sometimes it comes as a shock when there’s something we really really want — and it’s not free. Whaddaya mean, I can only see that record if I buy a world subscription? Whaddaya mean, I can’t have that pension file unless I fork over $50? Whaddaya mean, you’re going to charge me $1 a page to copy that 100-page estate file?


Sometimes the best things in life aren’t free.


So maybe I can do just a little something, at least for one person, when it comes to one thing that isn’t free. That’s the Family Tree University 2013 Fall Virtual Conference, coming up this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There’s a ton of material being offered, including 16 half-hour video classes in technology, research strategies and ethnic research tracks, plus live chats, and even some give-away goodies, all in the comfort of your own home, at your own computer, without even changing out of your bunny slippers.

But… sigh… it’s not free. Conference registration is $199.

Except for one person.

That’s right, I’ve been allowed to sprinkle pixie dust on one person who wants to go to this Virtual Conference. And that one person will get the full registration… free.

And all you have to do is tell me why you want to go, and convince me yours is the best reason.

Only one catch.

You have to post it in the comments to this blog post (or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — that’s legalgenealogist (at) in case the link doesn’t work), not later than 11:59 p.m. EDT tomorrow, Wednesday, 11 September 2013. The winner will be notified Thursday.

Oh. One more thing.

It has to be in haiku.

Whaddaya mean, you don’t remember the rules of haiku? We all learned them in school. It’s a poem in three lines and a total of 17 syllables. Five syllables for the first line. Seven for the second line. Five for the third line.

You know you want to.
Bunny slippers not required.
Choose your reason well.

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83 Responses to The giveaways

  1. Pingback: Legal Genealogist Gives Away Admission to Virtual Conference | Finding Their Stories

  2. Debbie Hooper says:

    Hubby’s gone away
    Debbie is SO gonna play
    Pick me, make my day!

  3. Barbara Gallagher says:

    Bound to a wheelchair,
    It is so hard to travel.
    I want to learn more!

  4. Israel P. says:

    The timing is bad
    Because for many of us
    Yom Kippur trumps all

  5. Celia Lewis says:

    Loonies, Toonies, tight…
    Wish I may and wish I might,
    Winner be, next night!

    Reference to loonies/toonies is very Canadian – we have $1 coins with a loon on the back = loonies, and $2 coins to rhyme = toonies. We’re humorous about our money.

  6. Tracy says:

    Poetry challenge,
    Genealogy conf’rence,
    Hope I win. Me! Me!


  7. JJT says:

    Children back in school
    Daddy needs some new ideas
    After summer fun

  8. I love my children
    But they take all my money
    So learning from home

  9. Kip says:

    Collecting dead relatives
    Man, they were weird folks!

  10. Gigi Tharpe says:

    I am off Friday
    Nothing to do but search
    dead end roots HELP ME

    This is my hiku i shared on FB which is under my junk email. the one i listed is my real one.

  11. Vickie Scott says:

    “Cause I’m a mom first
    This year both NGS and
    FGS I missed…

  12. Stuck in the old world.
    Conferences are not held.
    Virtual, only.

  13. Frances burnett says:

    click of typed keys
    Eye twitching from lit up screen
    Dead family found

  14. Rhi says:

    Comic con I went,
    but my brother made me go.
    This con is for me!

  15. Linda MacIver says:

    Teach classes for free.
    But I have to pay for mine.
    You can change that though.

  16. Emily says:

    Husband and son ride
    Bikes on Cardinal Greenway
    I watch webinars

  17. Susan Rosine says:

    Birth, death, land records
    Always something new to learn
    Love those ancestors!

  18. Debbie says:

    Visa bill arrived
    University now rich
    Mother left alone

  19. Tina Forsyth says:

    Adopted, age ten.
    Now 10 children of my own.
    Need to build our tree.

  20. Debbie says:

    Husband on bike ride,
    Weekend just for my research,
    Can’t wait hope to win.

  21. Never done a class
    Time for change, time for learning
    Please help me to start!

  22. Tracy Z says:

    I hit a brick wall
    Ancestry too expensive
    I really need help!

  23. I love my husband
    But want to go to confrence
    Let me be the one!

  24. I have family
    But want to go to confrence
    Let me be the one!

  25. Paula Williams says:

    Oh, my dear cousin
    Really? A Haiku contest?
    Good luck to you all!

    (Not an official entry)

  26. Constance Pentzer says:

    Past, a mystery
    Future, a grand legacy
    Knowledge makes it so.

  27. M. A. W. says:

    Cat had surgery
    Cost twice the price of conf’rence
    Credit card smokin

  28. Christine Preston says:

    Find Frank in New York
    Hawkins in Pennsylvania
    Bring my brick walls down

  29. Kevin Grooms says:

    Looking for dead folks
    Truth is stranger than fiction
    Must find those records

  30. Margaret Long says:

    The past year I have been dealing with elderly parents being sick and passing away. I need to get back to having fun and tracing my family roots. This would help me get on track again. Hoping to win. :-) Sounds like fun.

  31. Polly Kimmitt says:

    Canadian air settles in
    Clears the mind for learning
    This Fall education wins.

  32. vicki crosland says:

    Try hard as I can
    names can be found for a price
    so disappointed!

  33. Jamie says:

    Eager to learn and
    share my passion with others.
    MLS Student.

  34. Emma Compton says:

    Oh Genie Judy
    Please grant this wish for me, may
    Knowledge be my prize

  35. Sandra Weir says:

    Oh, how I would love to attend! I have been
    Digging in local records for over 20 years and I
    Would love to expand my horizons!

  36. Rosalie Eben Schack says:

    Driving to Fort Wayne,
    Family emergency,
    Had to turn around….

  37. Lynn Austin says:

    Overworked nurse
    Trying to stretch out her purse.
    What is worse? This verse.

  38. Clare Turncliff Gunning says:

    Already paid and
    registered I am too late
    to enter boo hoo

  39. Brandt Gibson says:

    Trapped in Seattle
    Too far to drive, fly, or walk
    Online I can go

  40. Dan Myers says:

    Tips, tricks a-plenty.
    Ireland, Germany, let’s go.
    Bring my past to me.

  41. Lisa Marker says:

    Oh no I’m too late
    Must be my ancestors’ fault
    Chasing them online

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