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Genealogy Quips and Quotes


You may be surprised to learn that genealogy is second most common hobby in the United States (stamp collecting is first). Why is genealogy so popular? Genealogy forms a bond to one’s heritage and by studying your genealogy, you can develop a greater sense of self. Studying genealogy can also be enlightening, revealing family stories that are surprising, entertaining, or even a little scandalous.

Some family trees have beautiful leaves, and some have just a bunch of nuts. Remember, it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking.

If man cares not for his roots, then how can he care for his branches.

A Stitch In Time

I was at an auction yesterday
When something caught my eye,
I decided then and there to buy it,
Hoping the bidding would not be too high.

"Sold" said the man on the platform,
As he slammed his gavel down.
And the early Singer sewing machine
Was carefully set to the ground.

Somehow I managed to get home
And cleaned of the dust and the grime,
I stood back with a smile to admire
This fine tribute to its time.

The drawers were a little squeaky,
But imagine my surprise
When I opened them to discover
A Victorian lady's sewing supplies!

There was her silver thimble
In a box lined with faded satin,
A gift perhaps from her mother
Now, tucked away, lost and forgotten.

There were needles and a pin cushion,
Bits of lace and bright colored ribbons,
Buttons of all shapes and sizes
And a pair of old fashioned scissors.

And then I pictured her delight
When at first she received this machine,
One less job to be done by hand,
A true luxury thereto unseen.

I thought of the time she spent sewing
For her family way back then,
Creating gowns and shirts and aprons,
Or just mending a tattered hem.

And although I won't use it like she did,
I think she'd be happy to know,
That I'll treasure my old Singer sewer
The way she did, so long ago.
     Author unknown, compliment of The Country Register of Wisconsin

50% of my forefathers were female.

A great oak is only a little nut that held its ground.

A single fact can spoil a good genealogy.

Ancestors run in my family.

Any family tree produces some lemons, nuts and bad apples.

Assumption is the mother of all mess-ups.

Blessed are the Elderly for they remember what we never knew.

Can a first cousin, once removed, return?

Cemetery: (n) A marble orchard not to be taken for granite.

Climbing my family tree was fun until the nuts appeared.

Did you expect mere proof to sway my opinion?

Does a genealogist regard a step backwards as progress?

Every family tree has some sap in it.

Family trees are hit by lightning too BACK UP YOUR FILES!

Family trees cast shadows of forgotten ancestors.

Family trees without roots fall over.

Genealogists never die, they just lose their census.

Genealogy chasing your own tale!

Genealogy without documentation is "mythology"

Genealogy: The study of Relativity

Get the facts first you can distort them later!

History is a set of lies agreed upon.

I think that I shall never see a completed Genealogy!

I trace family history so I will know who to blame.

It's hard to believe that someday I'll be an ancestor.

My family tree has me stumped.

Okay, so I don't descend from anyone... now what?

The young know the rules, the old know the exceptions.