Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on December 19, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

I bet you’ve said the phrase before, or at least heard it: “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”

In 1897,  a little girl named Virginia wrote to the New York Sun asking if there was indeed a Santa Claus.  Her father told her that if the Sun says there is one, then there is one.

This reprint is from the Pampa News Post that ran on Dec 21, 1930 that I found on


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And the often reprinted answer from the Sun was a definite Yes!

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It is a message that has stood the test of these many years.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

And I hope Santa answers all of your genealogy wishes this year.

Happy Searching!

Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.

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