Friday, November 24, 2023

Entering Bah Humbug Season


Normally, I simply adore the Christmas season. There is one exception though: Black Friday. For that least of holiday pleasures I take my cue from Ebenezer Scrooge and say bah humbug! I stay as far away from that day as I can—whether online or in town. In other words, you can count on me to stay hunkered down in my own cozy home for the next twenty four hours or so.

What do I do in the meantime? Pull out all the holiday decorations, of course. There is much work to be done in the next few quiet days before the December schedule is in full force.

Not to say that is all that I will be doing. One bright side to Black Friday sales has been the ever-decreasing prices on DNA kits. In fact, it was during a Black Friday sale that I snuck online once—years ago—to snag a good price on an autosomal test kit because one of my mtDNA matches asked me to take that test everyone else does first. Seems I always do things backwards.

In memory of taking that first autosomal test for myself nine years ago, perhaps as I hunker down for this Black Friday, it would be so appropriate to spend my time in seclusion, reviewing all my DNA matches. After all, there are still a lot of unsolved mysteries out there. And this would be just the season to see some of them resolved.


  1. Agree regarding "Bah Humbug" and Black Friday (and now often even Black Week, at least around here)

    Anyway, I will also need to take a long hard look at building out trees for some of my DNA matches.

    Reason? To possibly work out clues as to who my mmfmmf was, now that (thanks to a DNA match by a stroke of luck finding a name in a will) I finally know who my mmff was.

    Lastly, hoping you keep having progress research your Polish roots!

    1. Thank you, Per! I am continually amazed at finding anything on those Polish roots--and incredibly grateful that I've been able to find anything at all. Today's genealogy world is amazing.

      Best wishes on your search for those deep roots, and the research network you are building with like-minded researchers in your discovery process--and those inevitable strokes of "luck" along the way!


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