ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
IS A NEW SURNAME
Dear Santa; don't bring me new dishes
I don't need a new kind of game.
Genealogists have peculiar wishes
For Christmas I just want a surname
A new washing machine would be great,
But it's not the desire of my life.
I've just found an ancestor's birth date;
What I need now is the name of his wife.
My heart doesn't yearn for a ring
That would put a real diamond to shame.
What I want is a much cheaper thing;
Please give me Mary's last name.
To see my heart singing with joy,
Don't bring me a real leather suitcase,
Bring me a genealogist's toy;
A surname with dates and place.
Published October 2007
Tama County [Iowa] Museum News
Re-published: Wayne County [Iowa] Genie News, Nov 2008
Happy Thanksgiving and a Joyous Christmas - Carroll