"If you can't get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance"
-George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Murphy's Law for Genealogists

Yes, Murphy even comes to Genealogy!  Hope you get a giggle or two out of this!

Murphy’s Law for Genealogists

1) The public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestor participated and at which the platform collapsed from under him turned out to be a hanging.

2) When at last after much hard work you have solved to mystery you have been working on for two years, you aunt says “I could have told you that.”

3) Your 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.

4) You never asked your father about his family when he was alive because you weren’t interested in genealogy then.

5) The will you need is in the safe on board the Titanic

6) Copied of old newspapers have holes occurring only on the surnames, especially the ones you need.

7) John, son of Thomas, the immigrant whom your relatives claim as the family progenitor, died on board ship at age 10.

8) Your great grandfather’s newspaper obituary states that he died leaving no issue of records.

9) The keeper of the vital records you need has just been insulted by another genealogist.

10) The relative who had all the family photographs gave them all to her daughter who has no interest in genealogy and no inclination to share.

11) The only record you find your great grandfather is that his property was sold at a sheriff’s sale of insolvency.

12) The one document that would supply the missing link in your dead-end line has been lost due to fire, flood, or war.

13) The clerk to whom you wrote for information sends you a long handwritten letter which is totally illegible.

14) The spelling of your European ancestor’s name bears no relationship to its current spelling or pronunciation.

15) None of the pictures in your recently deceased grandmother’s photo album have names written on them.

16) No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, owned property, was sued, or named in wills.

17) You 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.’

18) Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate inversely proportional to the value of the data recorded.

19) The 37-volume. 16,000 page history of your country of origin isn’t indexed.

20) You finally find your great grandparent’s wedding records and discover that the bride’s father was named John Smith.

Funny, HAHA

Yesterday I was at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Traverse City, MI taking photos for volunteer look ups on Find-A-Grave when I had stopped to take a photo and didn't realize I had parked in the path of a sprinkler.  My baby had started fussing a little bit, so I opened the side door of my van to check on him.  All of a sudden I got a blast of water across my back!  The cemetery has underground sprinklers so they aren't the fastest moving sprinklers.  Not only did I get soaked, but a bunch of stuff in my van was soaked and my little guy got a blast of water as well.  He really didn't like that.  My little guy let out a screech to let me (and the rest of the township) know that he was not happy about gettnig wet.  I looked at my 4-year-old, who was also with us, and just broke down laughing.  I really didn't mind the water anyway seems it was in the 90's yesterday.
I did get all my photos taken and posted online yesterday.

Happy Hunting!