Monday, August 11, 2008

Ancestry Insider is a Best 2008 Website

101 Best Web Sites 2008, Family Tree Magazine The Ancestry Insider is one of the 101 best genealogy websites this year, according to Family Tree Magazine. I get to place the trophy shown to the right on my electronic mantle.

The announcement reads, in part,

Congratulations! Family Tree Magazine has named Ancestry Insider to its annual 101 Best Web Sites for genealogy list for 2008. A synopsis of each winning site appears in the September 2008 Family Tree Magazine. ... The full list, including your site, is posted on our web site. ...Thank you, for providing such a useful resource for the readers of Family Tree Magazine. Again, congratulations on your web site’s success.

Thank you, Family Tree Magazine. I am truly honored. All the people at Family Tree Magazine have always been so kind to me. Diane Haddad once said, "How did anyone find out stuff before the Ancestry Insider?" Wow! That comment constantly and simultaneously buoys and haunts me.

I want to thank everybody I ever met in my entire life. There's a great deal to say, but I'm not going to say it all tonight. I haven't had an orthodox career and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. I feel it and I can't deny the fact that you like me, you really like me! I was going to thank all the little people, but then I remembered I am the little people. I'd like to thank __________, even though he's suing us. Most of all, I want to thank my father up there, the man who, when I said I wanted to be a blogger said, "Wonderful, just have a back-up profession like genealogy."

In the great wealth, the great firmament of your nation's generosities this particular choice may perhaps be found by future generations as a trifle eccentric, but the mere fact of it, the prodigal, pure, human kindness of it must be seen as a beautiful star in that firmament which shines upon me at this moment, dazzling me a little, but filling me with warmth of the extraordinary elation, the euphoria that happens to so many of us at the first breath of the majestic glow of a new tomorrow.

Last, but not least, I'd like to thank (in alphabetical order) Jane Fonda, Laurence Olivier, Maureen Stapleton, Paul Williams, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Sally Fields for writing my acceptance speech. Can you guess which statement each of them made? Do you remember watching live when any of them made their comment? If you do, leave me a comment.

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