TOP 10 INDICATORS THAT YOU'VE BECOME A GENE-AHOLIC
10. You introduce your daughter as your descendent.
You've never met any of the people you send e-mail to,
even though you're related.
You can recite your lineage back eight generations, but can't remember
your nephew's name.
7. You have more photographs of dead people than living ones.
You've ever taken a tape recorder and/or notebook and/or laptop to a
5. You've not only read the latest GEDCOM standard, but also you understand it.
4. The local genealogy society borrows books from you.
3. The only film you've seen in the last year was the 1880 census index.
2. More than half of your CD collection is made up of marriage records or pedigrees.
Your elusive ancestor has been spotted in more different places than Elvis!
Murphy's Genealogy Law
at last after much hard work you have solved the mystery you have been
on for two years, your aunt says, "I could have told you that".
grandmother's maiden name that you have searched for, for four years, was
on a letter
in a box in the attic all the time.
never asked your father about his family when he was alive because you
interested in genealogy then.
*The will you need is in the safe on board the Titanic.
*Copies of old newspapers have holes occurring only on the surnames.
son of Thomas, the immigrant whom your relatives claim as the family progenitor,
died on board ship at age 10.
*Your great grandfather's newspaper obituary states that he died leaving no issue of record.
*The keeper of the vital records you need has just been insulted by a another genealogist.
relative who had all the family photographs gave them all to her daughter
who has no
interest in genealogy and no inclination to share.
only record you find for your great grandfather is that his property was
sold at a sheriff's
sale for insolvency.
one document that would supply the missing link in your dead-end line has
been lost due to
fire, flood, or war.
town clerk to whom you wrote for the information sends you a long handwritten
is totally illegible.
spelling of your European ancestor's name bears no relationship to its
of the pictures in your recently deceased grandmother's photo album have
written on them.
one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, owned property, was
sued, or was
named in wills.
learn that your great aunt's executor just sold her life's collection of
family genealogical materials to
a flea market dealer "somewhere in New York City."
*Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate inversely proportional to the value of the data recorded.
*The 37-volume, 16,000-page history of your county of origin isn't indexed.
finally find your great grandparent's wedding records and discover that
the brides' father was
named John Smith.
Genealogists never die, they just lose their census.
1. My family coat of arms ties at the back....is that normal?
2. My family tree is a few branches short! All help appreciated.
3. My ancestors must be in a witness protection program!
4. Shake your family tree and watch the nuts fall!
5. My hobby is genealogy, I raise dust bunnies as pets.
6. How can one ancestor cause so much TROUBLE??
7. I looked into my family tree and found out I was a sap.
8. I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged.
9. I'm searching for myself; Have you seen me?
10. If only people came with pull-down menus and on-line help.
11. Isn't genealogy fun? The answer to one problem leads to two more!
12. It's 2000... Do you know where your-Gr-Gr-Grandparents are?
13. A family reunion is an effective form of birth control.
14. A family tree can wither if nobody tends it's roots.
15. A new cousin a day keeps the boredom away.
16. After 30 days, unclaimed ancestors will be adopted.
17. Am I the only person up my tree... sure seems like it.
18. Any family tree produces some lemons, some nuts and a few bad apples.
19. Can a first cousin once removed..RETURN?
20. FLOOR:The place for storing your priceless genealogy records.
21. Gene-Allergy: It's a contagious disease, but I love it.
22. Genealogists are time unravelers.
23. Genealogy is like playing hide and seek: They hide...I seek!
24. Genealogy: Tracing yourself back to better people.
26. A pack rat is hard to live with, but makes a fine ancestor.
27. I want to find ALL of them! So far I only have a few thousand.
28. I Should have asked them BEFORE they died!
29. I think my ancestors had several "Bad heir" days.
30. I'm always late. My ancestors arrived on the JUNEflower.
31. Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.
32. Share your knowledge; it is a way to achieve immortality.
33. Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools!
34. It's an unusual family that hath neither a lady of the evening or thief.
35. Many a family tree needs pruning.
36. Shh! Be very, very quiet.... I'm hunting forebears.
37. Snobs talk as if they had begotten their own ancestors!
38. That's strange: half my ancestors are WOMEN!
39. I'm not sick, I've just got fading genes.
40. Genealogists live in the past lane.
41. Cousins marrying cousins: Very tangled roots!
42. Cousins marrying cousins: A non-branching family tree.
43. All right! Everybody out of the gene pool!
44. Always willing to share my ignorance...
45. Documentation... The hard part..
46. Genealogy: Chasing your own tale!
47. Genealogy...will I ever find time to mow the lawn again?
48. All the really important information is on that missing page
49. I researched my family tree...and apparently I don't exist!
50. SO MANY ANCESTORS...........................SO LITTLE TIME!
When your kids groan if you slow down near a cemetery.
When your favorite pastime is hanging around cemeteries.
When you start looking at the graffitti on the outhouse or bathroom walls for surnames!!!
When Santa Claus asks you what you want for Christmas and you give him a list of Death Certificates.
"Top Ten Ways to Tell You're a Genealogist"
10. You talk about towns no one has ever heard of.
9. You take a trip to Salt Lake City in winter and don't ski.
8. You read EVERY Roots-L Posting.
7. You never leave home without $4 in quarters.
6. You call ATM's "stamp machines".
5. You've memorized the counties, their seats, and their addresses for three states.
4. You KNOW that people who have been dead for 200 years are laughing at you.
3. You visit cemeteries carrying food and cosmetics.
2. You check out office supply stores "just looking".
You've changed computer programs three times this year.
May 28, 2004