Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – The Super Bowl of Genealogy

by Sherry Stocking Kline
February 6, 2010

Woo Hoo!  The Super Bowl of Genealogy, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings says! That gives me license to Dream Big!

It’s Saturday Night – time for some Genealogy Fun!! It’s also Super Bowl Eve…

Many American residents are focused on Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIV to decide the championship of the National Football League. After 20 weeks of play, the Indianapolis Colts (16-2) are favored by 5 points over the New Orleans Saints (15-3) in the game to be played in Miami, Florida in an outdoor stadium on real grass, starting at 3:30 p.m. (PST). The pre-game hype, er, programs, starts on Sunday morning on CBS.

So, your mission, if you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible theme), is to:

1) Tell us about your dream game of the Super Bowl of Genealogy?

* Where would it be played?
* What teams would play?
* Who would be the head coaches?
* Who would be the stars of the game?
* Who would win?
* Who are the cheerleaders?
* If you were playing in the game, what would be your dream play?

2) Who do you think will win the NFL Super Bowl Colts-Saints game on Sunday? Your score prediction, please!

3) Post your thoughts on your own blog, on a Facebook comment or Note, or as a comment on this blog post.

1. My Dream Bowl Game of  Genealogy!

Since this is a dream game, I can make up my own rules, and have my own players, right?

So here we go…

I hate to name players, teams, and coaches by name  in this, my Genealogy Bowl Game, because I might leave out someone important, and someone that I cared about very much.

In MY Dream Game, we’d all be Winners…

And in MY Dream Game, we’d all be winners.  (Note I don’t feel that way about football, basketball, baseball, etc., I’m definitely into winners and losers in that game.)

So, in my Dream Game we would all be at the Super Bowl of Genealogy.  In my Dream Game, it would be held at Salt Lake City, because I’m dying to go there and because we may want to run into the library to locate more facts, figures, and information.

What would make our Super Bowl awesome is that our coaches would be the most knowledgeable Genealogy speakers and authors, many of the names we know, and many that maybe we’ve never heard of, and they would all be there to share their wisdom and knowledge with each of us. (and unlike real life, we’d all have time to go to each speech/talk/demonstration without having to choose one and miss one!)

And at my Dream Game,  each of us would share our knowledge…

And at my Dream Game,  each of us would share our knowledge, wisdom and our time helping each other break down the brick walls that haunt each of us.

At my Dream Game when we entered the Bowl, there would be a giant database of interconnected surnames and data, and we would be able to tap into this in minutes, and break down brick wall after brick wall. (Someday, this may be the internet!?)

Each of us gets to Cheerlead the others on to victory…

Each of us gets to be a cheerleader, and cheer when the others ‘win’ the game, solve the puzzle, break down the brick wall. (Much like we do on Twitter now!)

My Dream Play, right now, would be to break down the brick wall that lets me tell my mom who her great-grandfather was.  And I would seriously also like to find out where my Laird and McGinnis family originated.  (This is my Dream Play, I can have TWO, right?)

I have to confess to not caring who wins the Super Bowl, nor do I even know who is favored, but I’m going to guess that the Colts will win.  Remember, this is just a guess…

Happy Saturday night everyone, and Happy Super Bowl!

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