This acronym came from Randy Seaver. It may be in common use but I had not heard it before.
MRUA: Most recent unknown ancestor which Randy explained “ is the person with the lowest number on your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name.”
Genea-Santa = a fictional but ever-present persona who brings genealogy gifts to good little genealogists with records, obituaries, gravestones and repositories dancing in their head.
Also a yearly SNGF theme – see http://www.geneamusings.com/2007/11/dear-genea-santa.html
Thanks to Randy for this suggestion.
Genea-gasm — “the ‘Magic of Genealogy’ moment – a chill in my body, a tremendous feeling of thankfulness, and tears of joy. Usually occurs in a moment of genealogy discovery or extreme happiness.”
I was thrown for a while when I saw the subject line of Randy Seaver’s latest Saturday Night Genealogy Fun “How Many “Mary LNU” Persons in Your Family Tree?“
As I read through the post I learnt what Randy’s acronym stood for. Randy said “I have many females in my family tree database without a last name. One of those female first names is “Mary.” Do you have situations like this, where you don’t know the surname of some females? [I call them LNU persons – Last Name Unknown.]”
I have a long list of LNUs in my database how about you?
Randy Seaver, a genimate from San Diego, used a new (to me) word in his blog post I read today. You can read about Randy’s need for Geneatherapy here: http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/04/genea-therapy-down-mulford-rabbit-trail.html
Having read Randy’s post I propose this definition for Geneatherapy.
Geneatherapy: A therapeutic activity in which one indulges in genealogy research as a distraction from physical or emotional pain or something unpleasant.
You can read Randy’s other Genealogisms here: https://geneadictionary.wordpress.com/tag/randy-seaver/
Randy Seaver has provided two descriptions for Geneacave:
2. Genea-cave — “the genealogy work area, surrounded by the ancestral collections of a lifetime of research, where you have all of your genea-stuff.”