Barry's Relatively Speaking: The Genealogist's Warning
Posted on Aug 16, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Naomi shares the following experience.
Anything I can say I am sure has been said; Concerning our ancestors, Living or dead.
But if I may venture A thought here and there, The first thing I'd tell you Is novice, beware!
Oh, I'm sure you won't heed me; You'll think you can't fail; But wait 'til you find Uncle John was in jail.
But you'll keep on trying-For knowledge you thirst; And right off you'll say I'm sure that was the worst.
But once you start shaking That family tree, You'll find a few nuts there; Maybe two-or even three.
But you'll keep on shaking-You won't learn your lesson. Genealogy, you see, Fast becomes an obsession.
And hours you will spend In the library at last, Searching for clues From centuries past.
And finally you meet With some small success, And you'll think you're a winner-Well, at least more or less.
Then you'll really start trying,
And making some haste;
With never a thought
That haste sometimes makes waste.
So you'll just keep on rushing-You'll move right along, 'Til you suddenly discover That the whole thing is wrong.
Woe is me! Woe is me! Now what shall I do? You'll just have to start over, And it's all up to you.
And now you can see Why a warning I gave; What once was great fun Has made you a slave.
Weeks turn into months And months into years,
And lifes tiniest problems Are a matter for tears.
So if you're determined Those ancestors to trace Just pray the good Lord Give you patience and grace.
And if you don't feel That the task is too weighty: Just hang in there, dear, You may make it by eighty!
But should you decide That it's not worth the price, Later on you'll regret That you took my advice.
Now that I've warned you I'm all in a tizzy-My group sheets are waiting-I've got to get busy!