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Title: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lloydy on Monday 27 September 04 10:37 BST (UK)
Found this by accident while browsing for pictures for Kazza - How many of you can answer to yes to all the questions??? LOL

I Am Addicted To Genealogy!

When you are in a different city do you look through the phone book to find people that have the same surname as one of your ancestors?
Do you get excited when you drive by a Cemetery?
Do you talk about your deceased ancestors as though they were still a live?
Does your librarian or the person that works at the archives know your whole life story?
Do you check the obituaries everyday?
Does your spouse call the library to see when you are coming home?
Do you spend your vacation tracking down ancestors in county courthouses?
Do you keep pictures of tombstones or long deceased ancestors in your wallet?
Can you remember the date an ancestor died but you can't remember to feed the pets?
Instead of an emergency kit in your car you have a research kit.
Does your boss call the library or archives to see when you will be coming back from your lunch break?
If you said yes to one or more of these you are an addicted genealogist


Jan :)
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Kazza on Monday 27 September 04 11:11 BST (UK)
I think I score 5.......... ;D

Kazza.
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Amy K on Monday 27 September 04 11:32 BST (UK)
I'm a 5 too..........

Maybe the checklist should mention,

Can you remember your 8x grandparents birth date, but forget your aunties?  :-[
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: nutkin on Monday 27 September 04 16:57 BST (UK)
I am a total addict.   :D And proud of it.

I knew I was adicted when I did not want to shop for new handbags or purses (a past addiction that got me 45 new bags) and would rather spend my pin money on birth marriage or death certificate. 

How bad is that!
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Fitty on Monday 27 September 04 18:39 BST (UK)
I can quite understand that.  I think in terms of £7's too.

 ;D
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: GRACELAND on Monday 27 September 04 19:10 BST (UK)
 ::) ::) YEP TOTAL ADDICT ,
                                  That is why i'm allway on here  ;D
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Eagles4ever on Monday 27 September 04 19:28 BST (UK)
Definitely yes for the second one.  It happened to me for the first time on Saturday.  I've only been doing my tree for about six months and we were coming down the M40 and up on a hill at the side of the road was a cemetery and I had this sudden urge to go and check it out!!!  It wasn't even in an area I've got ancestors though, that's the stupid thing.  LOL :)
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Bee on Monday 27 September 04 21:23 BST (UK)
I scored 5 as well  ;D

I'm now counting the hours till the post lady comes tomorrow, I went mad the other day and ordered 3 more certificates, can't wait to get my hands on them :D

Love the Van Gogh family tree :)
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Grandad james on Monday 27 September 04 22:11 BST (UK)
Hi,
Well you all know I am ,see the profile.
Anyone got ANYTHING TO EAT.
Gj.
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Darcy on Tuesday 28 September 04 00:33 BST (UK)

I was silly enough to think I was on my own eating at the computer!! ::)

Actually this compulsion has caused a keyboard problem - 'Enter' keeps sticking and the pages roll forward at a rate of knots! :o

I musta dropped food on it at some stage! What a grot!!

Darcy ;)
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: BarryBear on Tuesday 28 September 04 00:40 BST (UK)
 :P No of course i'm not addicted! I'm not! Really. I can't be. It's just a bit of fun, I could stop if I wanted to. Maybe just one more £7? It's not a problem! Honest  ;D
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: M.T.H on Tuesday 28 September 04 01:03 BST (UK)
Addicted.....Me?

When I first started, I was only doing a couple of lookups a week, nothing heavy, I could handle it......I thought :-\

It wasn't long though before I was doing them every day,but I still thought I could handle it.... ???......after a while lookups weren't enough, I needed more information, which is how I got started with certificates.....and once I'd started on them, there was no turning back ;D

Mick ;)

 
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Kazza on Tuesday 28 September 04 01:20 BST (UK)
Mick,

Lookups,   that's how they lure you in. 

It's a slippery slope.  :( Soon certificates aren't enough,  and before you know it,  you will be on the transcribing.  That is where it gets really heavy....... :-X

Kazza.  ;) 
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: nutkin on Tuesday 28 September 04 01:26 BST (UK)
Uhoh, I have had some dirty thoughts about transcribing. this week.

-Kristin 
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: M.T.H on Tuesday 28 September 04 01:30 BST (UK)
OK,I admit it...

I have done it, but I only 'transcribe' every now and then,I dont do it ALL the time, yet. It was inevitable, one thing lead to another......it could happen to you! :)


Mick ;)
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Lloydy on Tuesday 28 September 04 10:16 BST (UK)
I think it just goes to show that we are all a bunch of genealogy addicts and..... nutters ;D

Howard, I loved your Van Gogh family tree LOL.

I am sitting here typing away waiting for my postman to deliver the mail.  I am getting extremely inpatient - why??? because a certificate is on it's way  ;)

Jan  :D
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Clincher on Tuesday 28 September 04 10:33 BST (UK)
I'm transcribing 1861 census St George in East right now.Obsessive? Moi?
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: M.T.H on Tuesday 28 September 04 13:35 BST (UK)
Well done Jan and Clincher,

Welcome to Genealogists Anonymous!

Admitting to Genealogy addiction is the first step and you've both done really well ;D

Jan- we've  all been there, waiting for the postie to arrive, I hope he came through for you as I understand the desperation and anxiety caused by late delivery of certificates.

Clincher- Like me,I see you've also progressed onto transcriptions,there's no turning back now, however much you might want to.....If you should run out of transcriptions and need some to tide you over,don't worry, I know a very nice lady in Wales who has got some if your stuck ;D

Keep your spirits up,Mick ;)
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Lloydy on Tuesday 28 September 04 17:34 BST (UK)
Mick,

I'm still flippn' waiting - it didn't arrive (http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/traurig/sad-smiley-019.gif)  LOL LOL

Jan
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Shanko on Tuesday 28 September 04 17:46 BST (UK)
I see theres no mention of rummaging through antique shops for old postcards and letters incase they belonged to your own ancestors

Yep guilty as charged!
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Lloydy on Tuesday 28 September 04 17:51 BST (UK)
I would never have thought of that Shanko - thanks for the reminder.  I'll get onto it straight away  ;D ;D

Now........where is the nearest Antique Shop???? LOL
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Shanko on Tuesday 28 September 04 17:58 BST (UK)
Just dont blame me for the sneezing and coughing from the dustiness in those shops  ;D

happy rummaging!
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Fitty on Tuesday 28 September 04 18:41 BST (UK)
I see theres no mention of rummaging through antique shops for old postcards and letters incase they belonged to your own ancestors

Yep guilty as charged!


I do! and Car Boot sales too.

I've got an old photo of the Halifax Rugby team and have been emailing thier historian, I've managed to get all thier names and am putting them on my webiste.  Just incase someone's looking for them.
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Berlin-Bob on Wednesday 29 September 04 09:48 BST (UK)
Found in a Legacy-Newsletter:

You Know You're Taking Genealogy Too Seriously When...

Your house leans slightly toward the side where your genealogical records are stored.
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Mars Barr on Wednesday 29 September 04 14:03 BST (UK)
 ;D

Do you ever notice the glazed look that comes over people`s faces when you start blathering on about your ancestors???
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: JDG on Wednesday 29 September 04 14:15 BST (UK)
Am I addicted? - most definetely!

"Do you get excited when you drive by a Cemetery?!"

Especially if it is near a MacDonalds! - that would be really heaven!

Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Su on Wednesday 29 September 04 15:59 BST (UK)
I'm so adicted, I've even got my brother and his wife carrying a notebook and pen with them when they go on their Sunday walks, just in case they come across a graveyard.  A few weeks ago they looked over a wall into a churchyard straight at a grave with our name on it.  Who was it?????  When did they die?????  Don't know.  Think it was James or Walter......Aaaaaaaagh!

Su
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: moscan on Sunday 03 October 04 18:33 BST (UK)
Addicted to geneaology me never ::)  my credit card bill has more debits from 1837 and Scotlands people than anything else... the shelves in our study are straining under the weight of my Family Tree publications... my christmas and birthday wish list reads like the publications list of S&N ... me addicted nooooooo not me!

Best Wishes

Mo
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Annemarie Shuttle on Monday 04 October 04 23:49 BST (UK)
You know you are addicted when you stay up till nearly one in the morning just to check a relative might be emailing you and you cant miss it, then get up at 6am you never know they might have contacted you while you were alseep!
 :) :D ;D ::)http://ftp://
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: sjsbc on Tuesday 05 October 04 00:44 BST (UK)
You know you are addicted when you have hit brickwalls in all directions and don't quit, but spend time searching for others on Rootschat!

Sue
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: nora T on Tuesday 05 October 04 14:20 BST (UK)
the local registrar lady was a bit stuffy at first, but now she always smiles, and treats me like a friend,i have been there that often, once when i was after a marriage cert. she bought  me two back , because they were sisters and married almost the same time. good job i had £14  on me, yes i am hooked!. nora T
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Olly on Tuesday 05 October 04 14:47 BST (UK)
Help!
The computer I'm on is leaving home in 2 weeks! :'(
What am I going to do? ???
I suppose I'll have to resort to taking long walks in graveyards and visiting local libraries etc, - anything that is free. :-\
Hope it's not too long before we get a replacement or I really will have withdrawal symptoms.
I suppose my other half will be happy though! :-X
Regards, Olly. :(
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: islander on Tuesday 05 October 04 14:58 BST (UK)
I had to go without a pc for almost six months! Tried to get one on prescription, the symptoms were so bad!
I even found myself moving my cigerette packet about like it was a mouse!!
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Su on Tuesday 05 October 04 15:50 BST (UK)
I've always promised myself that whilst over here in Cheshire visiting Mum, I would ask someone to take me to all the places I have been wandering through on the 1841-1901 census.  On Sunday we had an unexpected treat when my Nephew took us all out to lunch in a people carrier.  I was sitting chatting away when suddenly I saw a sign.  Aaagh stop!  Screach to a halt.  What? What's wrong.  Nothing...look a sign, we are in Pickmere.  We then went through Toft, Mobberley, Knutsford, Arley, Grt Budworth....I was in paradise, oohing and aaahing.  Everyone thought I had gone potty. But it was the area all my ancestors came from on Dad's side, so now when I am on my census wanders again, I will be able to picture exactly where I am.  Wonderful.
Su
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Lloydy on Wednesday 06 October 04 13:28 BST (UK)
It's lovely to read all your replies!!!

You are all just mad, but very lovely people  ;D ;D

The last certificate that I ordered arrived safe and sound - I was so excited  ;), but now I'm dying to order another one  ;D ...... impatient!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: M.T.H on Wednesday 06 October 04 13:38 BST (UK)
.. impatient!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

'Addicted',more like..!!!!!

Honestly Jan ::)! I think you're in denial.... ;D ;D lol

Mick ;)
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Fitty on Wednesday 06 October 04 13:39 BST (UK)
I love my postman!   He always knocks when a cert comes and never squashes it through our letterbox.  I even do lookups for the window cleaner   lol
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Lloydy on Wednesday 06 October 04 14:01 BST (UK)
OK Mick, I have to agree with you - ADDICTED!!!!!!! I cannot deny it any longer  ;D ;D ;D

Last Thursday I took some flowers to my sister-in-law's grave - then what did I do???? - wandered around the churchyard reading all the headstones, just in case I recognised any of the names  ;)   Did I find any?? NO  :'( :'( :'(   LOL

Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: M.T.H on Wednesday 06 October 04 14:28 BST (UK)
OK Mick, I have to agree with you - ADDICTED!!!!!!! I cannot deny it any longer  ;D ;D ;D

Well done Jan,

'Outing' yourself as a Genealogy addict was the best thing that you could do :) don't you feel better now?

No longer will you have to justify your detours around churchyards or the outrageous ammount of time you spend researching your ancestors!

We understand........we really do ;D

Mick ;)
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Su on Wednesday 06 October 04 15:24 BST (UK)
Whilst researching my Dad's side, I found my Grt Grt Grandad's brother living in Mobberley and discovered he had re-married in 1842.  I sent for his marriage cert, and there was his Father's name on it Richard Yarwood Gamekeeper.  I was dancing round the house, saying look! Look! Richard Yarwood, something with his name actually written on it.  Hubby just gave me the usual look and patted me on the shoulder...well done dear, what are we having for dinner?
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Lloydy on Thursday 07 October 04 08:28 BST (UK)
Mick thank you so much for understanding my addiction.  I feel so much better now  ;) ;)  LOL


Su I know exactly how you feel as that's the response (or should I say lack of response) I get from my husband.  >:( >:(   When my latest certificate arrived I was so excited, acting like a child  ;D ;D,  I showed it to my husband and he answered "What am I supposed to be looking at????"  >:( :'( :(    LOL LOL


Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Berlin-Bob on Friday 15 October 04 07:25 BST (UK)
You know you are addicted when ....

.... you only work on Genealogy on days that end in  'Y'  !

(from a Legacy Newsletter)
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Olly on Friday 29 October 04 10:01 BST (UK)
Hi,everyone.
I'm back on line at last with a new computer - thanks to my children ;)
and I'm so excited :D :D
I've just sent for my first certificate on line thanks to you Rootschatters!!!
It won't be dispatched for a few days yet so guess who'll be watching for the postman come next Thursday/Friday.
By the way I think the Poloshirt idea is great and I would certainly invest in one.  :)

Thanks Rootschat - you keep me sane ;)
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: Clincher on Friday 29 October 04 10:24 BST (UK)
Welcome back Olly. That was good of your children :)
Title: The Addicted Genealogist
Post by: Berlin-Bob on Monday 28 February 05 12:06 GMT (UK)
Found this in the Ancestry Weekly Digest, 26 February 2005
http://www.ancestry.com/rd/prodredir.asp?sourceid=831&key=A969206

The Addicted Genealogist
 – George G. Morgan

:
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In one of my presentations I told the group that “I am a rabid genealogist.” I also told the attendees that genealogy is an addiction, except there are no needle marks or other physical problems. In "Along Those Lines . . ." this week, I want to test you to see how many of the traits of an addicted genealogist you can identify as your own. Be honest with yourself!

Test Yourself
Answer these twenty-five questions with a “yes” or a “no” and then rate yourself with the results at the end of the column.

Do you feel that you know many of your ancestors better than members of your immediate, living family members?
Do most or all of your vacation trips involve genealogical research, even at the risk of traveling hundreds of miles out of the way?
Have you ever dragged your spouse and/or children through a cemetery?
On such vacation trips, have you “dumped” your spouse and/or children at a mall, given them money, and told them to amuse themselves for four or five hours while you conduct research?
Are you on a first name basis with more than five genealogical reference librarians?
Are you more proficient with searching library and archive catalogs and the Internet for genealogical information than most of your local librarians?
Have you ever bribed (or thanked) a genealogy librarian or archivist with chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake, bon-bons, or Godiva chocolates?
Have you ever sat at a microfilm reader so long that your eyes were spinning in their sockets like the fruits on a Las Vegas slot machine?
Have you ever bypassed eating lunch or dinner just because you were making such headway, either in a library/archive or on the Internet?
Does the trunk of your car contain hiking boots, galoshes, coveralls, smocks, old shirts and trousers, insect repellent, a trowel, and other tools just in case you have to make an emergency stop at a cemetery?
Do you subscribe to more than five genealogical mailing lists or regularly post to and check more than five online genealogy message boards?
Have you spent $100 or more in the last year on genealogy books, software, and/or archival supplies?
Have you spent $100 or more in the last year on photocopies and/or for copies of vital records?
Have you called in sick to work or school because you were up until the wee hours researching your genealogy in the Ancestry.com databases and on other websites?
When you make a great discovery, do you turn around and celebrate it by telling your dog(s) or cat(s) napping in your home office all about it?
Are you the person in the family that everyone comes to in order to find out more about the family history?
Are you the “accidental archivist” to whom everyone gives or bequeaths the family papers, Bibles, and other heirlooms?
Are you a member of more than three genealogical societies?
Have you attended more than three seminars or conferences in the last year?
Are you able to immediately recall the names, the locations, and the vital dates of two or more generations of a family line and to brag to another researcher exactly how far back, to the year, you have traced your most distant line?
Is at least one room in your home unusable because your genealogical research paperwork covers every surface?
Do you attend family reunions to pick your relatives' brains and to find a younger relative who might become addicted and to whom you could bequeath your research?
Does your car, truck, van, or SUV have a bumper sticker, license plate holder, or window decal relating to genealogy?
Do you call relatives primarily for the reason of learning more about the family history rather than to find out how they are doing?
Have you personally researched in the basement or attic of a courthouse or church for family records?


Moderator Comment: topics merged
Title: Re: The Addicted Genealogist
Post by: Berlin-Bob on Monday 28 February 05 12:07 GMT (UK)
He goes on to say:

Rating Your Addiction

Pretty tough questions, eh? Well, go back and count your “yes” answers and match the number of them with the list below.

1-5: You're still a beginner and have a lot to learn, but there's hope. Join a genealogical society ASAP.

6-10: You qualify to list genealogy as a hobby. You can work up to the next level by spending more time at the library or at an LDS Family History Center.

11-15: You're a dedicated researcher but you haven't thrown your heart into it. You have to give up those frivolous social events and PTA meetings and concentrate more fully on genealogy.

16-20: You are definitely hooked, but you may still have some modicum of personal and social life.

21-25: You are definitely addicted and there is little hope for you. You could attend GA (Genealogists Anonymous) meetings, and it probably still wouldn't help. Give in to it, relax, and have a wonderful time!

We Have No Shame!
Now that you've answered—honestly--all the questions, be aware that there is no shame in being an addicted genealogist. It's an honorable and, yes, even respectable kind of addiction.

If you registered a mere 1-5, 6-10, or 11-15, we are confident that you will soon join our addicted masses. Keep up the good work, and...

Happy Hunting!
George

I like his comment on 11-15:
You have to give up those frivolous social events and PTA meetings and concentrate more fully on genealogy.   ;D
Title: Signs You're Addicted to Family History
Post by: Paul E on Tuesday 16 January 07 13:19 GMT (UK)
It's time to admit it - you're addicted to Genealogy when any of the following apply to you!


Cheers

Paul


Moderator Comment: topics merged
Title: Re: Signs You're Addicted to Family History
Post by: jakky on Tuesday 16 January 07 15:25 GMT (UK)
Hi Paul,

I am a mere baby then as I have only got the safe so far, my children think it is full of money ;D

Jakky
Title: Re: Signs You're Addicted to Family History
Post by: Manchester Rambler on Tuesday 16 January 07 16:06 GMT (UK)
I have to admit I remember my store card PIN as being the first year of recorded baptisms in one of the villages my husband's family comes from...  ::)

Rambler
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: julianb on Tuesday 16 January 07 17:14 GMT (UK)
I was so excited to find the baptism of one of my great grandmothers, that I ran round the house shouting "got her, she was a B*****d".  My wife thought I'd finally lost it.  ::)

JULIAN
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Necromancer on Tuesday 16 January 07 18:39 GMT (UK)
very good !
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Sandy Hall on Tuesday 16 January 07 19:59 GMT (UK)
When you are in the local newspaper and they say you are "addicted " to family history research.

Sounds like I was on something.  LOL

Sandy



Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: sheronb on Tuesday 16 January 07 20:07 GMT (UK)
you know your addicted, when you put 1800 and something on a cheque!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Tuesday 16 January 07 21:43 GMT (UK)
I know I'm addicted because I have recently found myself rationing my researches ... I've 'done' two or three lines back to the 1500's, and have got stuck there ... but I've only got a few more lines that I can follow back ... whatever will I do when I have no more lines to follow ?? 

 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pennine on Wednesday 17 January 07 00:26 GMT (UK)
You know you are addicted when you read the birth/marriages/death notices in the area of research and wonder if any corresponding names are related to you.
You know you are addicted when after years of trying to interest other members of the family to no avail, one of your children suddenly says something like 'Mum, what did my gt grandfather do for a living?' You rush to your computer and print off all the details glad that they are at last showing some interest.
You know you are addicted when a relie dies and you are invited to choose a bit of furniture and you opt for articles of clothing, old photos and household bills.
You know you are addicted when you pass up an evening out to sit in front of the computer.
pennine
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Josephine on Wednesday 17 January 07 00:29 GMT (UK)
Gee, Lydart, there were Pomeroys in Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada (place names:  Pomeroy Ridge & Pomeroy Bridge).    And since they were in Charlotte County, they were probably across the river in Calais, Maine, as well.  Maybe you could start doing worldwide one-name studies (after you've traced the last of your lines back).

As for the addiction to genealogy:  guilty as charged.  I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only one!

 :D

Regards,
Josephine
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: yn9man on Wednesday 17 January 07 00:55 GMT (UK)
addiction to Genealogy ... guilty as charged.

yn9man
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: bennett on Wednesday 17 January 07 02:19 GMT (UK)
You know you really are addicted,when you go to a Church for a
Wedding/Funeral, and start to read the headstones in the graveyard,
and think it would be interesting to spend more time there looking.

Bennett
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jericho on Wednesday 17 January 07 02:27 GMT (UK)
You know your addicted to genealogy, when you ask people  if they know where their ancestors are born. 

And when your 9 year old tells everyone who listens that their mum's  job is finding dead people
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: bennett on Wednesday 17 January 07 02:34 GMT (UK)
Heres another one.

When you hear someones surname that is a bit different,
you think to yourself,that would be interesting to search for/or
if they had a common name/think to yourself again/
wouldn't like that one.

I think I'm getting ATG really bad,
must go to the Doc,s,
now he really does have an unusual surname.!!!!!!!!!!!

Bennett
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jericho on Wednesday 17 January 07 03:30 GMT (UK)
You really know that you are addicted when you go to bed at night and start dreaming about deceased ancestors names, census records and finding that long lost relative who will be able to answer all those question about uncle William or auntie Minnie.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Josephine on Wednesday 17 January 07 04:08 GMT (UK)
I've dreamt that I was going through census records.  Those are the most boring dreams!

Regards,
Josephine
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jericho on Wednesday 17 January 07 04:10 GMT (UK)
Quote
I've dreamt that I was going through census records.  Those are the most boring dreams!



I couldn't agree more. ;D
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: stephen7 on Wednesday 17 January 07 06:09 GMT (UK)
Mick,

Lookups,   that's how they lure you in. 

It's a slippery slope.  :( Soon certificates aren't enough,  and before you know it,  you will be on the transcribing.  That is where it gets really heavy....... :-X

Kazza.  ;) 
started on look ups, then certificates, now transcribing. know what you mean, kazza.
wife now looking for a " normal " husband
 ;D  ;D   ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Pegasuss on Wednesday 17 January 07 06:28 GMT (UK)
..You can sort through Your Check List (in Your Sleep)! ::)

And, Scan through an Index (whilst the Film is still Rolling on the Microfilm Viewer)! (till Age catches up with You & the old 'pork pies' can't take it anymore!) ;)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stonechat on Wednesday 17 January 07 08:47 GMT (UK)
You're an addict when your wife asks you the same question twice, and starts talking rubbish just to try to get your attention

Bob
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Wednesday 17 January 07 10:42 GMT (UK)

I think I'm getting ATG really bad,
must go to the Doc,s,
now he really does have an unusual surname.!!!!!!!!!!!


I can't for obvious reasons, mention the names of the doc's in our local practice ... but of one of them, it is often said 'His bedside manner ?  No, its awful  ... more of a good grave-side manner ...'   

Graves ... Now I wonder .... is he into genealogy ?? 
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Wednesday 17 January 07 10:45 GMT (UK)
Gee, Lydart, there were Pomeroys in Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada (place names:  Pomeroy Ridge & Pomeroy Bridge).    And since they were in Charlotte County, they were probably across the river in Calais, Maine, as well.  Maybe you could start doing worldwide one-name studies (after you've traced the last of your lines back).

Don't think I haven't thought of it ... but its been done ! 
See     http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~allpoms/

 :( :( :(
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Josephine on Wednesday 17 January 07 11:53 GMT (UK)
Oh, Lydart, I'm so sorry!

 ;D

Regards,
Josephine
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: deeiluka on Wednesday 17 January 07 22:44 GMT (UK)
I realise I am addicted to genealogy when I start thinking about keeping the notebook computer switched on by the bed all night! Hmmm......

.....dee
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Paul E on Wednesday 17 January 07 23:33 GMT (UK)
We know how you feel, dee!  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: deeiluka on Wednesday 17 January 07 23:51 GMT (UK)
I like that, Paul - I really do! Lol.  ;D   ;D   ;D

......dee
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: liverpool annie on Thursday 18 January 07 03:59 GMT (UK)


A family reunion is an effective form of birth control  :P
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: ozlady on Friday 19 January 07 01:37 GMT (UK)
I'm guilty. Addiction is travelling 12,000 miles, then spending time soaked to the skin, goosebumps as big as duck eggs, purple lips....... I'll just check out one more gravestone....."
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: bennett on Friday 19 January 07 01:53 GMT (UK)
I like that one Ozlady,
especially the duck-eggs.LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did you have any luck by the way?

Bennett
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: ozlady on Friday 19 January 07 03:18 GMT (UK)
Not Much. A lot of graveyards were so overgrown and the stones so badly weathered I couldn't read them.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Cazza59 on Friday 19 January 07 03:33 GMT (UK)
When your biggest fantasy is thinking about spending several hours alone, totally uninterrupted (by cries of "mum" or "have you seen" or "I can't find"...ad infinitum) in a records office surrounded by volumes and volumes of records with ancestors all jumping out at me saying "here I am, what took you so long to find me!!!!"  plus a continuous supply of hot tea and chocolate biscuits at my disposal...ahhh, bliss     ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stephen7 on Friday 19 January 07 12:16 GMT (UK)
I'm guilty. Addiction is travelling 12,000 miles, then spending time soaked to the skin, goosebumps as big as duck eggs, purple lips....... I'll just check out one more gravestone....."
know that feeling ( apart from the 12000 miles) with the other half intow moaning all the time in my ear........................are you finished yet!
stephen
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Friday 19 January 07 13:21 GMT (UK)
...  volumes of records with ancestors all jumping out at me saying "here I am, what took you so long to find me!!!!" 

Where are all those volumes of ancestors saying 'here I am ... you've found us' ??  I've never seen them !  My ancestors are all quietly hidden away, sniggering and cackling away to themselves 'Ha, ha ... she'll never find us ... '
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: CarolBurns on Friday 19 January 07 19:06 GMT (UK)
 I got 6 so I guess the answer is YES I AM !!!

I know I am as now I get a scratch card every so often and if I win I save the money to pay for certs etc

Today I cashed in £28.00 worth and then bought another 3 and won £23.00 again. Good way to save a bit but I suppose if I count up the losses they would far outweigh the wins lol

Carol
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Paul E on Friday 19 January 07 20:11 GMT (UK)
I suppose if I count up the losses they would far outweigh the wins lol

Carol

Sounds a bit like family history, Carol!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Cazza59 on Friday 19 January 07 22:12 GMT (UK)
...  volumes of records with ancestors all jumping out at me saying "here I am, what took you so long to find me!!!!" 

Where are all those volumes of ancestors saying 'here I am ... you've found us' ??  I've never seen them !  My ancestors are all quietly hidden away, sniggering and cackling away to themselves 'Ha, ha ... she'll never find us ... '


Oh anything happen in a fantasy...I forgot to mention my fantasy also includes exact DOBs, correct spellings of names and complete records back to when Noah was a boy!   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: annieRN on Monday 22 January 07 14:17 GMT (UK)
I was pleased to be sent a photo of a gravestone in an e. mail.
                Anne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stonechat on Monday 22 January 07 14:29 GMT (UK)
How we love gravestone and wills, my wife finds it macabre.

I was over the moon where the brother of my ancestor left a will, (in addition to tantalising clues to the origins of the family)  wanted to specify that the bearers at his funeral were to have black silk hats, scarves, and gloves, one of the bearers was to wait behind and see his grave was filled in, and he was to have a funeral sermon preached the following Sunday

Bob
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: sallysmum on Monday 22 January 07 15:39 GMT (UK)
I know I'm addicted.  I limit myself to 4 certs a month.  Well at the begining of the year I ordered my 4 certs. @#@##!  they arived 4 days later!  I'm now counting the days down until the beginning of February and it's getting quite tense........

Sallysmum
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: CarolBurns on Monday 22 January 07 15:42 GMT (UK)

I'm guilty. Addiction is travelling 12,000 miles, then spending time soaked to the skin, goosebumps as big as duck eggs, purple lips....... I'll just check out one more gravestone....."

Now that is dedication AND obsession rolled into one
lol


Carol
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: KathMc on Monday 22 January 07 18:07 GMT (UK)
Totally addicted. I get a chance to go away without my kids once a year and it always involves some trip to cemeteries, archives, visiting relatives and asking questions and going through pictures. Yikes.

Kath
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Davy Boy on Tuesday 23 January 07 16:04 GMT (UK)
When I retired my wife thought I would be doing all the jobs I promised to do when I retired. How foolish!
Either I submit to counselling or, she has warned that the divorce papers would be sent via a reply on RootsChat.
David
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stephen7 on Tuesday 23 January 07 16:41 GMT (UK)
my OH cant understand why i run to door when postie calls, like a five year old waiting for birthday cards, only i am waiting for certs
stephen
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Wednesday 24 January 07 14:52 GMT (UK)
You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....

... you can't see the wood for the trees ... i.e. when the table is covered with 'trees', censuses, old photo's, certificates, cuttings, scribbled reminders, notebooks, camera ...

... and you HAVE to eat on your knee in another room !
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: nanny jan on Wednesday 24 January 07 14:56 GMT (UK)
I've started pricing things in "certificates"..........."oh, I could get 3 certificates for that!"


Nanny Jan
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: sallysmum on Wednesday 24 January 07 15:56 GMT (UK)
You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....

... you can't see the wood for the trees ... i.e. when the table is covered with 'trees', censuses, old photo's, certificates, cuttings, scribbled reminders, notebooks, camera ...

... and you HAVE to eat on your knee in another room !

Oh yes Lydart - we USED to have a table in our dining room - I wondered where that went!  And for ages I'd believed that I had to eat my tea off my lap because, because, well where did that table go!

Sallysmum
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: KathMc on Wednesday 24 January 07 19:07 GMT (UK)
You know you are addicted to genealogy when you start planning other people's trips around your genealogy interests.

One of my brothers is going to Ireland in July and I am mapping out the places he needs to go for research. At least he is a willing pawn.  ;D

Kath
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stonechat on Wednesday 24 January 07 20:30 GMT (UK)
I don't think anyone in the family is that keen....

However this is made up for by Rootschatters

There are some Record office I can't work out how to visit yet.

However Microfiche viewer comes soon,  that will open up a number of records I couldn't use before!

Woohoo, will be in my element

Bob
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: janescroft on Saturday 27 January 07 23:51 GMT (UK)
 ;D
Hi everyone! I think I am addicted to genealogy, but more so since finding this site! I only joined last weekend, but thanks to all the help you lovely people have given me, my line at 10.30pm to my husband of, "I'll come to bed in a minute- I just want to confirm this birthdate!" has turned into, "Gosh! it's 3.30am! Well, just one more search won't hurt!"
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Cal241 on Sunday 28 January 07 01:16 GMT (UK)
............. someone mentions a place and you say 'my ancestors in 1841 came from there !!!' and it is no where near where you live near now and have living relatives nor have you been there  ;D

............. you burn your dinner coz you have to look up that 'extra' fact !!

...........  you tell your kids to go away when they want to go on msn/ want feeding etc  ;D ;D ;D

& sadly when grave yards/libraries/ museums become the PLACE to be  ;D ;D

Cal  8)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Paul E on Sunday 28 January 07 11:21 GMT (UK)
I absolutely LOVED this - a warning from an Uncle to his nephew written as the preface to a family history he'd written:

Quote

My dear William:

At the present lustrum of your life you are, and should be, supremely indifferent to your ancestors. They are dead and gone and that's an end on't. Your utmost powers of receptivity are properly absorbed by vital considerations. "Dead uns are nit"—as you would put it. In presenting you the following notes I ask not that you consciously attempt to change your present attitude. Inevitably there will come a time when these records of your forebears will have for you at least a passing interest. To you at that time I dedicate them. I hope, indeed, the time will never come when the pulse of glorious life will beat so slowly that you can afford to devote it to genealogical study. A lonely and a sterile life alone can find sufficient satisfaction in the dry-as-dust occupation of delving into dreary records to find a name, a mere name, the date when the name was born and died, the date when the name married another name, and the dates of all the other names that went before and came after.

Hoping to save you from so deplorable an expenditure of vitality, I, not inappropriately, present to you the names of many of the men and women who are responsible for your existence.



Wise words, indeed!

Paul
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: millymcb on Monday 29 January 07 15:30 GMT (UK)
Hello everyone - I'm new(ish) to the the site and just thought I'd pop into the Common Room to say "hi" to you all.  :) 

I knew I was addicted when the control button fell off my keyboard from too many cut and pastes of various bits of census info "just in case I might need it later".

 ::)

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stonechat on Monday 29 January 07 15:56 GMT (UK)
.... when the Family History Folder is the largest on the computer


Bob
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Monday 29 January 07 16:16 GMT (UK)
Hello Milly. 

Welcome to RootsChat !   May I say you must be the oldest member at 143 (see, I DO read peoples profiles) ... so the ancestors you can remember must go back further than ours !!

I hope you can cope with the peculiarities of the people on here ... do we need to shout ??

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Glad to have you on board !
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: KathMc on Monday 29 January 07 17:25 GMT (UK)
Milly,

Welcome to Rootschat. Enjoy and it will be nice to learn about the late 1800s from you. ;D ;D

Lydart, I am sure with hearing aids in these modern times, she can hear us just fine.

Kath
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: millymcb on Monday 29 January 07 17:36 GMT (UK)
Oops! :-[

Well I have been saying it feels as if I really knew some of these people...and now I know why.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: millymcb on Monday 29 January 07 17:45 GMT (UK)
Hello Milly. 

Welcome to RootsChat !   May I say you must be the oldest member at 143 (see, I DO read peoples profiles) ... so the ancestors you can remember must go back further than ours !!

I hope you can cope with the peculiarities of the people on here ... do we need to shout ??

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Glad to have you on board !


I guess you know you're an addict when you fill your birthdate in as 1863 instead of 1963!! All fixed now.   :) :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Monday 29 January 07 17:55 GMT (UK)
Ah ... you're just a bright young thing then !!

And we don't need to shout !!!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stephen7 on Monday 29 January 07 19:18 GMT (UK)
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And we don't need to shout !!!!
or maybe you do, i have a habit of falling asleep in front of the screen
 ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D
stephen
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stephen7 on Monday 29 January 07 19:19 GMT (UK)
P.S.
welcome to rootschat, milly
Title: The Dedication Of a True Genealogist
Post by: bigmagicdog on Tuesday 15 July 08 12:59 BST (UK)
From my website:

You know when you're an addicted genealogist...

When you brake for libraries.

When you get locked in the library overnight and you never even notice.

When you hyperventilate at the sight of an old cemetery.

If you'd rather browse in a cemetery than a shopping centre.

When you think every home should have a microfilm reader.

If you'd rather read census schedules than a good book.

When you know the town clerk in every county by name.

If town clerks lock the door when they see you coming.

When you're more interested in what happened in 1797 than 1997.

If you store your clothing under the bed and your closet is carefully stacked with notebooks and journals.

If you can pinpoint Kirkcaldy and Inverness on a map but you're still not sure if Whitehorse is in the Yukon or Washington in DC.

When all your correspondence begins "Dear Cousin".

If you've traced your ancestral lines back to Adam and Eve, have it fully documented, and still don't want to quit.


Moderator Comment: topics merged

Title: Re: The Dedication Of a True Genealogist
Post by: aghadowey on Tuesday 15 July 08 13:49 BST (UK)
Stop to look at gravestones even when you don't have any relatives buried in the graveyard.
Read the obituaries and get excited when you recognize a person's name.
Go through the telephone book looking for your surname when on holiday (even in foreign countries where you have no relatives).
Your toddler builds graveyard with their dominos (my second child did this!)
Title: Re: The Dedication Of a True Genealogist
Post by: stephen7 on Tuesday 15 July 08 20:30 BST (UK)
Your toddler builds graveyard with their dominos (my second child did this!)
now that IS starting early
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Tuesday 15 July 08 21:18 BST (UK)
Oh I don't know ... my kids used to make archaeology sites in their sand-pit when they were toddlers !   (I 'dig' !)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Saturday 19 July 08 04:42 BST (UK)
I can relate to a lot of the same....
But what about when you hear someone's surname, do you ever wonder about the origins of the name? I do it all the time; my ears prick up if it's a name I've seen in records before. I sometimes wonder if that person's ancestors knew mine.
Oh yes, I'm addicted alright!

Darren
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Maia261 on Saturday 19 July 08 22:43 BST (UK)
I can relate to most of the above, my partner works back-shifts at the weekends so I'm up long before him and off out......he always manages to find me when he gets up though - in the huge Tomnahurich Cemetery.  ;)

You know you're addicted to Genealogy when.........You're speaking to offspring number 5 and call him by his 4 siblings names then the dogs name before you finally manage to hit on the correct one...........but you can reel off all your descendants names back to the early 1800's, their spouses names, their offspring's names, their parents names and all their aunties and uncles names - without pausing for breath!  ;D

Lynn
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jacquelineve on Sunday 20 July 08 15:59 BST (UK)
   when you write your own year of birth and it's pointed
out to you, that it's 100 yrs out.

                  Jackie.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Maggie. on Monday 21 July 08 09:28 BST (UK)
........................ when the sky is wall to wall blue, the sun is shining warmly for the first time in weeks and weeks and the north wind has finally dropped, ..... and you in inside, glued to the PC, surrounded by stacks of files and lumps of paper .................

Maggie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: toni* on Monday 21 July 08 09:52 BST (UK)
or when i should be typing letters & estimates instead i am searchign family history sites - like now !

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: sem73 on Monday 21 July 08 09:55 BST (UK)
Hi All

....... this thread is ringing so true and making me chuckle!!  ;D

You know when I'm addicted to Genealogy when ...... I take the day off work today as it's my birthday for a day of relaxation ....... and I'm already on here!! ......

Sarah :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: toni* on Monday 21 July 08 10:00 BST (UK)
Happy Birthday Sarah
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: sem73 on Monday 21 July 08 10:03 BST (UK)
Thank you Toni!  ;D

Wonder if I'm the only one who also gets excited about clicking on
"Show new replies to your posts" ........ maybe that is tooo sad!! I'll get me coat!!  ;D  ;D  ;D

Sarah :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: toni* on Monday 21 July 08 10:17 BST (UK)
no, your not the only one, trust me  ;)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Joyful on Monday 21 July 08 10:51 BST (UK)
I know I'm addicted to genealogy 'cos when I can't get to sleep I recite all relatives on maternal and
paternal sides with children and their marriage partners and places of birth and marriage. Even on holiday I drag OH to cemetaries with my camera 'cos you just never know....

Joy
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stonechat on Monday 21 July 08 14:07 BST (UK)
... when a new source is available online, Youare so absorbed, that you don't notice your wife is talking to you
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Clincher on Monday 21 July 08 18:25 BST (UK)
......(sharp intake of breath) someone is living dangerously.... ;)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: beady on Monday 21 July 08 19:37 BST (UK)
When you give the happy couple a completed, printed tree chart as a wedding present.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Monday 21 July 08 20:30 BST (UK)
Now that IS a good idea ... a friend is getting married on Friday ... wonder if I could do it in time !

One problem might be that his wife to be is from Japan ...
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Maggie. on Monday 21 July 08 21:01 BST (UK)
........ you know you're addicted when you decide to give up your part time job as clerk to the village parish council because it's taking up too much valuable potential genealogy time  ::)  ::)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stephen7 on Monday 21 July 08 21:38 BST (UK)
Now that IS a good idea ... a friend is getting married on Friday ... wonder if I could do it in time !

One problem might be that his wife to be is from Japan ...
if it is who i think it is..........................
a BIG THANK YOU and CONGRATULAIONS from me
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: tazzie on Monday 21 July 08 22:27 BST (UK)



   When you pass a church and your 4 year old asks " Do we have anyone buried in that one as well mum?".
  Well start them early ;D

                            Tazzie.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Pegasuss on Tuesday 22 July 08 00:02 BST (UK)
....You have 2 Spar Computers that are only Used to Back-Up All Your Genealogy Data Files!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: toni* on Tuesday 22 July 08 09:07 BST (UK)
when you say its my great great great great aunts birthday / wedding aniversary today!  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: crookedtail on Tuesday 22 July 08 09:51 BST (UK)
Hi,
I have been doing my searching for 18years...But I knew I
was addicted when..... ;D
I live in the USA and only 340 miles to the Big Salt Lake
Family History CenterLDS....
Well I was doing research there and I found my first
Death Record..My gggram...I just cried out loud. :'(..I ran to the information Counter where my mother was asking a question about maps ...She looked at me and the gentleman also looked at me crying ..and mom said " Whats the Matter"
I responded to her saying " Grandma Jane is dead" ...my mother looked at me and kind of laughed and the man said
"I'm sorry to hear that is there someone you need to call"?
Mom not hearing him said to me also " Well of coarse shes
dead honey that was over a hundred and fifty years ago"
The man just bursted out laughing.. :D..realizing what I was
saying ( a past death not a present death) ....and told me
"Its ok your not the first one to do that or the last."
I felt kind of foolish but they are living today with you is the
way i feel...So I love them as I find they as they are part of me....Happy Hunting to all.. :).Crookedtail
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: sleepybarb on Tuesday 22 July 08 11:57 BST (UK)
Your Gp  asks if there's any diabetes in your family and you say-No I've not discovered that as yet!
 That was this morning when I discovered I was hypertensive.
                                  Barbara
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jc26red on Saturday 26 July 08 22:15 BST (UK)
Oh lol Barbara,

that happened to me last week when the doc asked if there was any xxxxxx in the family. He probably wondered why I was smiling to such a grave question.  How do you say that you can happily report no back to at least 1837 :D

On the plus side - my mums family doctor is very interested in the history of the village and spent an extra 2 hours listening to me going off about how long the family had lived there blah, blah, blah....  So that was 5 minutes giving mum a check over and 2 hours talking local history  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Treelover on Saturday 26 July 08 22:49 BST (UK)
Hi

Its great when you are not the only one at work who is interested in their ancestors.  When I had my appraisal earlier this year, we spent two minutes discussing my job and ten minutes discussing why my boss couldn't find her GGG grandmother on a census  ;D

I also have a confession.  When my aunty died earlier this year, I had a pencil and paper discreetly tucked away in my handbag so I could write down any bits of information I heard (after the funeral I may add).

And I did find out some things, although to hide what I was doing I did "go" to the toilet a lot to scribble it all down  ;D

Joan
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Pegasuss on Saturday 26 July 08 23:14 BST (UK)
Barbara.

Similar thing happened to Me the other day, when I asked My Doc for some notes out of My Medical File! ::) ;)

She asked 'What Kind of Notes'?

I told Her I was trying to complete a Decendants Chart with Known Medical Ailments (instead of BDM's), & had done it back to @1850 but had just realised I had'nt listed My Own & wanted to add My Own notes back to at least when I was 10Yrs old (when I was knockdown by a Car & spent 5 days in a Coma) :-[
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Paul Caswell on Saturday 26 July 08 23:25 BST (UK)
... Decendants Chart with Known Medical Ailments (instead of BDM's), & had done it back to @1850 ...

You are seriously addicted pegasus.  :o Do you think it's time to seek medical help? .... Oh! I see you already did. :)

My main symptom right now is reading names off the sides of lorries on the motorway and wondering if I have any of them in my tree and getting quite excited when both name and county matches. :)

Paul
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: aghadowey on Sunday 27 July 08 11:15 BST (UK)
Joan- started laughing when I read your post because I've done the same thing but even questioned my immediate family afterwards to see what details they might have heard.

Also laughed about asking doctor for medical details. A few years ago our G.P. came to the door on a Sunday afternoon to ask if I knew how my husband's family and his were connected (quite far back is the answer) but he pulled out his notes and read them off- little bits of crossed out prescription pads with details he asked my husband's aunt years ago!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Pegasuss on Sunday 27 July 08 17:54 BST (UK)
Paul.

It all started when I was diagnosed as having Austio Arthritis, being a Family History Addict (& Knowning bother MY Father & Grandfather Had It) I decided to Prove that there was a Genetic Link! ::) ;)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: GRACELAND on Wednesday 18 November 09 18:06 GMT (UK)
yep its good to find out about illness that follow down the line
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: little meg on Friday 20 November 09 23:39 GMT (UK)
when you have to write down a date, ie birthdate of yourself, or the date of today and you write 1800's instead of 1900's or 2000's - I do this so often it is not funny anymore  ::) ::)

Margaret
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Treelover on Saturday 21 November 09 01:24 GMT (UK)
Snap - that's just what I do  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: millymcb on Saturday 21 November 09 01:52 GMT (UK)
Me too  ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)

Milly
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: little meg on Saturday 21 November 09 01:55 GMT (UK)
I feel a bit better  ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: toni* on Monday 23 November 09 10:04 GMT (UK)
i do that too  ;D

but actually this is more serious , my OH father was taken into hospital last night and i was sitting there saying (in my head) well his father died at this age and his father at this age and they died of this .....

is that just morbid / scary or me being practical ?
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rah1980 on Monday 23 November 09 10:44 GMT (UK)
I know I am addicted for several reasons 1) more interested in family research than research for my Degree 2) if I spend more than two minutes away from my laptop I have to check my email as soon as i get back to it incase some long lost relative has contacted me via ancestry or some helpful person on here has found info on what feels like my 100th request! 3) you persuade yourself to pay the £23 for a cert just to have it a few days early! 4) you've forgotten you ever had friends and have just replaced them with dead ancestors! 5) Start researching other peoples trees just to get the hit because my own trees have a lot of brick walls which 6) sends you into a mini depression! 

The list goes on...but i have to check my mail lol

Sarah

P.s. i also know i am addicted because i read all 10 pages of other peoples why i am addicted, and got excited when i read someone was buying a microfiche reader which gave me an idea! And when you have asked your relatives to buy you parish records for your birthday and christmas presents!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Deb D on Monday 23 November 09 13:35 GMT (UK)
I'm not addicted, honest - I could give it up any time ...

But I'm not a quitter!  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: MarieC on Tuesday 24 November 09 09:37 GMT (UK)
Sarah (Rah1980), you have a serious case indeed!  ;D  Terminal addiction, I'd say - totally incurable!!  ;D ;D ;D  I can certainly relate to doing other people's trees when you have run into brick walls yourself!

MarieC
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rah1980 on Tuesday 24 November 09 16:55 GMT (UK)
Lol, It's silly isn't it, doesn't help that im so blinkin curious!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: teaurn on Thursday 18 February 10 19:40 GMT (UK)
Not sure if addicted is the right word ALL my family say I am obsessed ;D ;D

My nose used to be buried in a book- never been a tv person- now it is invariably buried in the computer

Oh Dear.

Like someone else always checking emails just in case

At least we all know we are not alone   8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: marcie dean on Thursday 18 February 10 20:56 GMT (UK)
My main symptom right now is reading names off the sides of lorries on the motorway and wondering if I have any of them in my tree and getting quite excited when both name and county matches. :)

Paul
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I do that, especially if I see that tkhey come from scotland, Cumbria etc.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Cal241 on Friday 02 April 10 23:00 BST (UK)
You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....you quit it for a long old while and someone/thing sparks you off again and you become hooked again ......
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Saturday 03 April 10 14:10 BST (UK)
I slowed down on mine as I'd gone as far as I could, or hit brick walls ... then I decided I'd try and sort out my fathers step-family ...  ::) ... what a muddle ...  ::)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Keziahemm on Saturday 03 April 10 15:00 BST (UK)
........when you go into hospital and are able to tell the doctors your family medical history going back to early 1800s  ::)

Susan  :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Saturday 03 April 10 16:36 BST (UK)
Yes, I've done that !     ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


I had to assure the men in white coats that came with the strait jacket that I was OK ... just obsessed ...  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: GRACELAND on Monday 05 April 10 17:15 BST (UK)
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jubee on Tuesday 06 April 10 00:29 BST (UK)
.......when you start thinking you ought to write a will because none of your ancestors seem to have left one !!!!!!!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: GRACELAND on Tuesday 06 April 10 17:00 BST (UK)
 ;D

True and best to leave all your stuff to someone  :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: weste on Tuesday 06 April 10 20:53 BST (UK)
When people mention  they are thinking about doing their family history to you or your colleagues tell them to ask you. Then when you next visit the local archives and notice they have leaflets, you bring back some for your patients.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Tuesday 06 April 10 20:55 BST (UK)
Patients ?    It needs patience !
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Forthefamily on Wednesday 07 April 10 06:59 BST (UK)
I have a microfiche reader :-X

mab  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Wednesday 07 April 10 19:36 BST (UK)
You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....

... you rush down the drive each morning to greet the postman warmly ... then scowl and shrug and slam the front door !
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: BridgetM on Wednesday 07 April 10 19:56 BST (UK)
You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....

You're single--and cancel dinner with an eligible, well-educated man because you're hot on the trail of an elusive ancestor!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Wednesday 07 April 10 20:04 BST (UK)
That IS bad !    I wouldn't go quite that far myself ...
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: BridgetM on Wednesday 07 April 10 20:13 BST (UK)
The eligible, well-educated man wasn't elusive enough to keep me interested  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Wednesday 07 April 10 20:16 BST (UK)
You obviously prefer them dead then !    ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Cal241 on Wednesday 07 April 10 22:04 BST (UK)
You obviously prefer them dead then !    ;D ;D ;D

rofl  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Emjaybee on Thursday 08 April 10 09:20 BST (UK)
You talk to a room full of people about a mystery in your family tree for and hour, feel pleased with your effort and enthusiam

THEN

you get a flash back to the one man in the secomd row who was fast asleep after three minutes.

(It always happens! I keep going back though.)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: millymcb on Thursday 08 April 10 10:38 BST (UK)
You get given some money for your birthday and spend it ALL on death certificates!


My family thought I was VERY odd!


Milly ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: BridgetM on Thursday 08 April 10 13:49 BST (UK)
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You get given some money for your birthday and spend it ALL on death certificates!


I order death certs for all my direct ancestors—but only because I want to avoid their pitfalls.  My maternal g grandfather died of a fractured skull caused by falling down stairs while intoxicated.  I’ve avoided that particular fate by living in a one story house! ;)

I have a ggg uncle on my paternal side who also died after falling down stairs.

When I was in Yorkminster in September (before I knew that I had both maternal and paternal ancestors who had died from falling down stairs) I climbed all 200 and something steps to the top of the tower.  As I was coming back down the steps I had a sudden overwhelming terror of falling—and I’m now wondering if my ancestors were sending me a warning!?
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Thursday 08 April 10 14:05 BST (UK)
I doubt it ... its just that there's a lot of steep steps there and having climbed that lot, your legs were probably giving out and protesting ! 
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: caribou on Thursday 08 April 10 15:55 BST (UK)
All my internet bookmarks are genealogy sites.

Does that count?
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Thursday 08 April 10 16:04 BST (UK)
Definitely !



And this site is top of the list !!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: caribou on Thursday 08 April 10 19:03 BST (UK)
Last year the wife and I went to Studley specifically to go round a cemetry where some of her ancestors are buried.

This year we went to Bantry, County Cork, where her dad was from and spent about an hour going round the cemetry there, photographing all the tombstones with O'Mahony or O'Leary on them. Now I have to work out which ones are relatives.

Bob.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Morganllan on Saturday 17 April 10 22:31 BST (UK)
......you're watching the Wizard of Oz for the umpteenth time and when Dorothy meets the Tinman......
 you think of your 3xGreat Grandfather who was a Tinman in 1881 Census!  ;D ;D


Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Cal241 on Saturday 17 April 10 23:21 BST (UK)
you go straight  (with out passing go!) to the Family History parts of the library /Waterstones
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Forthefamily on Sunday 18 April 10 04:04 BST (UK)
I've just made contact with a second cousin who has lived near me for 40 years here in Toronto and we never knew about each other :o I know that seems strange but I was born in London and she was born in Glasgow and we both ended up here in Canada.

We are going to meet for the first time at the end of the month and I've already got loads of stuff for her side of the family tree. I hope she doesn't think I'm too strange and runs the other way   ;D ::)

mab
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: turramurra on Sunday 18 April 10 10:00 BST (UK)
You look forward to Saturday

AND it is a visit to a historic cemetery!

Turramurra
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: carol-f on Sunday 18 April 10 10:08 BST (UK)
ah cemeteries what a wonderful place to spend the day!! and add to the photo album, some people just don't understand why we get cross at cremations and all that ash scattering.

i think some of my most surprising finds have been wandering around cemetries, recently found an uncle his parents and grandparents and an assortment of family burried in a very small country cemetery, it answered alot of questions.

carol
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: marcie dean on Friday 23 April 10 22:46 BST (UK)
When the dinner burns, the washing machine floods the kitchen, when the grass comes up to your knees and nothing else matters but finding your ancestors and their side kicks.  And all you can think about are new branches to your tree.

marcie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: nudge67 on Tuesday 04 May 10 13:03 BST (UK)
oddly, the FOTW (Flags Of The World) site has a you knw you are addicted to vexillology page.....

I must be addicted to both - in my tree charts I use flags instead of photos.....
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stonechat on Tuesday 04 May 10 13:52 BST (UK)
The absolute top one is that when a new source is available online, it takes over froom the rest of life
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Barbara.H on Tuesday 04 May 10 18:51 BST (UK)
... when you pick up a book - any book - and go straight to the index to check out the surnames  ::)

Even if it's a Jamie Oliver or the Beano  ;D

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Tuesday 04 May 10 18:52 BST (UK)
Surnames in THE BEANO ??  ::)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Barbara.H on Tuesday 04 May 10 19:02 BST (UK)
It's worth checking....
if you're addicted that is

Well, I might be related to Minnie the Minx!  ;D

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Barbara.H on Tuesday 04 May 10 19:05 BST (UK)
OK if proof were needed (of addiction) - I just went to Free bmds and checked out the surname 'Minx'  ::)

nine entries!   :P
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Tuesday 04 May 10 20:16 BST (UK)
Anyone we know among them ??   ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Barbara.H on Tuesday 04 May 10 21:14 BST (UK)
Not sure - there was a Beatrice Amy Menace though, (b. 1878 Fulham) possible ancestor of Dennis?

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Pastmagic on Tuesday 04 May 10 21:26 BST (UK)
when your son brings home his new girlfriend and you ask her what her mothers maiden name is, go on to her grandparents and great grandparents, and tell her she might be a distant connection....before she gets to take her coat off...
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Morganllan on Tuesday 04 May 10 21:50 BST (UK)
when you check social network sites for people with same surname...and contact them  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: millymcb on Tuesday 04 May 10 21:51 BST (UK)

when your son brings home his new girlfriend and you ask her what her mothers maiden name is, go on to her grandparents and great grandparents, and tell her she might be a distant connection....before she gets to take her coat off...

...and just for the sake of thoroughness you then get onto the computer and fish out all the census and BMD entries you can find!

Milly
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Wiggy on Saturday 08 May 10 01:15 BST (UK)
when you see someone's surname search list, and tell you son's partner to follow through in case there is a connection!

Wiggy
Title: Re: Are you addicted?.........
Post by: dusty_streets on Monday 07 June 10 17:40 BST (UK)
;D
Do you ever notice the glazed look that comes over people`s faces when you start blathering on about your ancestors???

Yep! ;D LOL

As for names - I even scan name tags people wear!

At one time it was enough that someone had died but now I need to know why - in detail  8)

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Morganllan on Monday 07 June 10 20:49 BST (UK)
when you check social network sites for people with same surname...and contact them  ;D

and this time it leads to discovery of a 2nd cousin  :P :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Wiggy on Tuesday 08 June 10 02:09 BST (UK)
that's great Morgan!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Morganllan on Tuesday 08 June 10 02:10 BST (UK)
we're both very pleased  :D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Duck on Tuesday 08 June 10 23:34 BST (UK)
I passed a road called DOB LANE today and for a brief second I thought Date Of Birth Lane, then laughed at myself  :D :D :D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: MarieC on Wednesday 09 June 10 09:09 BST (UK)
I passed a road called DOB LANE today and for a brief second I thought Date Of Birth Lane, then laughed at myself  :D :D :D
;D ;D ;D  A true addict!!

MarieC
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: myluck! on Wednesday 09 June 10 09:49 BST (UK)
Stopped counting while reading the original list of "are you addicted"!
ABSOLUTELY
I can honestly say at this stage it is a complusion
When someone mentions something that triggers a thought I am off with a change of tack to see if it will tie up loose ends!
Can't believe:
how many "porkie pies" I have caught out!
how relatives used to age between census - in each 10 years some didn't age at all and some aged nearly twenty years!
how some people just were wiped from this earth and only found again by accident, but finding them confirms why other people were named as they were
not to mention that since starting here looking up other families totally unrelated - I find it a release from my own, old familiar names

 ;D ;D I must be addicted if my release is looking up other people's families!!!!! ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Wednesday 09 June 10 10:01 BST (UK)
Just come back from Norfolk, for a weeks break.... addicted or what... why on earth would I want to visit graveyards in Norfolk...???? none of my family are from there...
addicted... had to buy a dongle so I could just check to see if anything exciting had come up on genes sites... oh dear...
Still the OH was off with his camera taking pics of blades of grass waving in the wind.... 8) ??? ::)
each to his own..

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lydart on Wednesday 09 June 10 10:04 BST (UK)
Went to tea yesterday with a lovely 95 year old who was an army doc in WW2.   He spoke of his first wifes collection of army badges ... and my mind went 'click' ... and I thought of Scrimnet and the WW1/WW2 boards on here ! 

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stonechat on Wednesday 09 June 10 18:01 BST (UK)
I meet someone with an unusual name and think 'That would be easy to research'

My wife wonders where an old school chum lives and (the name is unusual) I look up record in Births death and marriages see  area wher some children were  born, then look that name in BT directory enquiries and Bingo

The answer to even non genealogical queries becomes genealogical

Bob
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Morganllan on Wednesday 09 June 10 19:37 BST (UK)
when you check social network sites for people with same surname...and contact them  ;D

and this time it leads to discovery of a 2nd cousin  :P :)

and the 2nd cousin leads to 3 more! My tree is growing with living ppl  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Monaro Area NSW on Tuesday 27 July 10 09:53 BST (UK)
When you have your tree done,,,(as far as records allow) and you just hang around to see what everyone else is up to....

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Wiggy on Tuesday 27 July 10 10:21 BST (UK)
And then, while hanging around you find another few generations for you own tree  - thanks to someone else's threads!!  Hooray!!   ;D ;D   That's addiction!

Wiggy   ;)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: nameless on Tuesday 27 July 10 10:25 BST (UK)
I must be addicted as my idea of a great holiday would be a week's bed & breakfast in the Record Office. 
I also like reading history books and my friend says my hobby is "Digging up dead people."
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Floss on Tuesday 27 July 10 10:27 BST (UK)
I knew I was addicted when I went to see my doctor - who has a very unusual name - and while he was examining me I asked him if he'd ever thought of researching his family tree !!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Monaro Area NSW on Tuesday 27 July 10 11:41 BST (UK)
hahahahahahahahaha
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: marcie dean on Wednesday 28 July 10 12:30 BST (UK)
Seems like you've lost it ::) Or perhaps you're problem is that you were not the one who found it?? ;D  Well maybe you should have a party anyway to stop the boredom and ask the person or people who did the genealogy for you to come to it.

 ;DMarcie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: millymcb on Wednesday 28 July 10 15:59 BST (UK)
You know you are addicted to genealogy when you only read historical fiction and check the dates against your ancestors to see which ones would have lived through whatever years the book is about.

Milly ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: aghadowey on Wednesday 28 July 10 17:21 BST (UK)
.. and keep hoping one of your ancestors, or at least the place they lived, will be mentioned in the book  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: marcie dean on Thursday 29 July 10 20:00 BST (UK)
Or that the author has done their research properly which helps clarify the era of your own research.


Marcie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Wiggy on Thursday 29 July 10 21:24 BST (UK)
.. and keep hoping one of your ancestors, or at least the place they lived, will be mentioned in the book  ;D
And once they were!!!!   :o ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 30 July 10 13:28 BST (UK)
I have become so addicted that I even want to access electoral registers for ancestors. My 2xgreat grandfather died in 1927 and his last address was a terraced street in the middle of Oxford. He was 75 and it looks like he was living with his son. I am desperate to know how long he lived there before he died.

And then finding the date of death of my ancestor who emigrated.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Alexander. on Friday 30 July 10 23:49 BST (UK)
I'm not addicted...well there was the time when I was at my great aunt's house, and while she was in the kitchen getting tea and biscuits, I took a quick tour of the sitting room, pulled out my camera and took photos of the old pictures on her wall. As I saw the tea tray came around the corner, I just had time to slip the camera back in my pocket. Not that's she'd have minded I was taking pictures, I was just too embarrassed - I saw her start to roll her eyes at about the fifteenth question I asked her.

And then there was the time when we were driving through the village where my granddad's parents came from...I had my eyes peeled for anything to do with the name Frecknall. Just as we were going around the corner I saw a sign that I thought said "Frecknall Close". So to everybody's annoyance we turned around and went back. You can't imagine my disappointment when I saw the sign actually said "Foxhall Close".

When I go to the UK in August the top thing on my list is "Trip to Nottingham Archives" then churchyards. And visits to family and friends are arranged around that. What would they say if dead people were higher up on the list than them??

Ok, I'm addicted. I suppose it's good to come to terms with this sort of thing.  :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Cal241 on Saturday 31 July 10 21:32 BST (UK)
I am so addicted.. random grave yards thrill me... driving past old building get me thinking about who lived/worked there... looking above modern shop fronts imaging what was there before .. yes I am addicted :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: eadaoin on Sunday 01 August 10 20:33 BST (UK)
I live about 1/4 mile from an old graveyard - I pass it almost everyday walking from the shops.

I always look at it longingly, wishing I had some ancestors there (instead of in inaccessible places miles from where i live!).
Mustn't moan - quite a lot are buried in various Dublin and Wicklow graveyards - it's the others!

eadaoin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Deb D on Monday 02 August 10 08:40 BST (UK)
 :o

Which graveyard, eadaoin?!?!

 ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: eadaoin on Tuesday 03 August 10 22:04 BST (UK)

Which graveyard, eadaoin?!?!


which one would you like??

(I'll PM you - have to keep some secrets!)

eadaoin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: heitch on Tuesday 10 August 10 19:50 BST (UK)
Now I know I'm addicted........just reading through rootschat, and my 4 year old daughter asked, "Who's grave are we looking for now Mummy?"

.......then I think back, and all the "days out" have been centred on a graveyard visit :-[

 ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: myluck! on Tuesday 10 August 10 22:24 BST (UK)
Been there too and have the rubbings!
Title: Re: What Country is your research ?
Post by: marcie dean on Wednesday 11 August 10 13:02 BST (UK)
Apologies if this has already been stated ::)
But, you know you have it bad when you have researched your family beyond their graves and still cannot get enough that you start making excuses and research anything which catches your interest in passing. no pun intended.
 ;D

Question:  Is it a good idea to keep all those little notes you make, for even the wrong families, just in case they turn up to be connected.

marcie
Title: Re: What Country is your research ?
Post by: Redroger on Wednesday 11 August 10 14:37 BST (UK)
In my experience Marcie, a definite YES
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: heitch on Wednesday 11 August 10 18:01 BST (UK)
myluck!.....if that was a reply to my post?  I have an idea,... they are now
"colouring -in" days!!

Brilliant, yet "guiltless" ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: myluck! on Wednesday 11 August 10 18:26 BST (UK)
Heitch
Yes it was and yes they are!!
People used to think I was morbid bringing my children to graveyards
It helped them with:
Map reading- obviously
History - again a bit obvious
Geography - finding their location!!
Maths - if that grave is ref# A56 242 how far to A56 263 or calculating ages
English - where old english was used and explanations of changes in letters and usage
Civics - through general respect of the property
and this is long before you find the long lost dead relative that teaches the Realism of death being a part of life!!

or maybe this was me trying to justify my addiction!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Paul Caswell on Wednesday 11 August 10 21:27 BST (UK)
... or maybe this was me trying to justify my addiction!

You are absolutely right on every point. Children learn so much by being part of a hunt. They have since man discovered Savannah.

However, we may both be deluding ourselves. :)

Paul
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Suzy W on Wednesday 11 August 10 22:04 BST (UK)
Some of our family outings consisted of loading children, camera, maps into the car (never let the children know where you are going, or there will be a fight).  Once we arrive at the cemetery there is normally a groan.  I make it a game, who can find the most headstones?  Amazing how quickly they can be found by children who just want to get out of there.

 Just talking to the hubby a couple of nights back saying how wonderful it would be to go back to England and hunt down a few long lost relations.  His reply was not one of great delight :-X.  He made a comment about how we would end in cemeteries and record offices for hours on end, let alone me talking to people.
So a trip from New Zealand to England would cost us a fortune, this would be my overdose of the family history addiction if I had my way.

Suzy W
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Wiggy on Wednesday 11 August 10 23:41 BST (UK)
Heitch
Yes it was and yes they are!!
People used to think I was morbid bringing my children to graveyards
It helped them with:
Map reading- obviously
History - again a bit obvious
Geography - finding their location!!
Maths - if that grave is ref# A56 242 how far to A56 263 or calculating ages
English - where old english was used and explanations of changes in letters and usage
Civics - through general respect of the property
and this is long before you find the long lost dead relative that teaches the Realism of death being a part of life!!

Brilliant - please may I steal this one!!!   ;D ;D

Wiggy
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DeeBoneham on Wednesday 11 August 10 23:46 BST (UK)
I cant pass a church graveyard or cemetary without wondering whether there are some commonwealth war graves in it!!!!
Dee
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Carmela on Thursday 12 August 10 09:35 BST (UK)
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I knew I was addicted when I went to see my doctor - who has a very unusual name - and while he was examining me I asked him if he'd ever thought of researching his familytree !!

Floss, you are not alone. I have done it twice!!  In one case, I even told the doctor
that he probably had Huguenot ancestors.

Carmela
another hopeless addict

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: heitch on Friday 13 August 10 00:52 BST (UK)
Heitch
Yes it was and yes they are!!
People used to think I was morbid bringing my children to graveyards
It helped them with:
Map reading- obviously
History - again a bit obvious
Geography - finding their location!!
Maths - if that grave is ref# A56 242 how far to A56 263 or calculating ages
English - where old english was used and explanations of changes in letters and usage
Civics - through general respect of the property
and this is long before you find the long lost dead relative that teaches the Realism of death being a part of life!!

or maybe this was me trying to justify my addiction!



Love it ;)  Classic line from my daughter today.....(we missed a bus so had an hour to spare...graveyard across the way ;))
she started crying, saying that "I miss all these people"
Me, "don't be silly, you did'nt know any of them"
4 year old daughter, "but someone knows them and they miss them so I can be sad"
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: myluck! on Friday 13 August 10 10:28 BST (UK)
a little off addiction topic but Heitch..

My little boy when he was about 7 was asked if he was sad surrounded by dead people by a stranger in a cemetery (an older lady who obviously thought I shouldn't have my kids there and was going to show me why!) He looked at her really intently and told her that there were no people there!! She looked amazed and he continued as if she was ignorant of the fact and told her that they were all happy in heaven only their bones were left under the ground and that was why we couldn't build houses there!!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Redroger on Friday 13 August 10 12:39 BST (UK)
When you get up at 5.30am to go to a record centre on a three hour journey that before Dr. Beechings rail cuts took under an hour!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: marcie dean on Friday 13 August 10 13:09 BST (UK)
more anecdotes please myluck.

Your son has a very enlightened attitude to life and death.   Give him a kiss from me and say that I hope he does not mind but I find his quips very funny and heartwarming.

marcie ;D ;D
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Post by: LizzieW on Friday 13 August 10 13:19 BST (UK)
Quote
Classic line from my daughter today.....(we missed a bus so had an hour to spare...graveyard across the way Wink)
she started crying, saying that "I miss all these people"
Me, "don't be silly, you did'nt know any of them"
4 year old daughter, "but someone knows them and they miss them so I can be sad

Reminds me of my late father.  He would always look in churchyards, (as I do and did even as a child)  and if he saw a child's grave (as you can imagine there were many, especially in the old village churchyards), he would bow his head and say a prayer.  We lived near such a graveyard and he found a grave of a child called John.  We had no idea who this child was, but every time dad came to visit, he would go to the churchyard to see John, to say hello and say a prayer for him.

Lizzie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DeeBoneham on Friday 13 August 10 13:21 BST (UK)
I go talk to "my" New Zealander whenever I am in Norwich so Im with your dad.
Dee
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: myluck! on Friday 13 August 10 19:46 BST (UK)
I'll have to start a whole new website if I'm to give you my son's quips in full
I inadvertently named him after the patron saint of speakers and his patron has endowed him well!

Travellng by air last year just as we approach the baggage check he asked me in a very loud voice did I have to tell the people I had heroin in my bag!! I had ANADIN!! very red faced and more loudly I told him so and took it out to show the security guard who was struggling to keep a straight face!! That was his story of the day if not the week!

Sometimes I  wonder which ancestor gave him his sense of humour
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Gaille on Saturday 14 August 10 01:14 BST (UK)
I cant pass a church graveyard or cemetary without wondering whether there are some commonwealth war graves in it!!!!
Dee

Lol Dee me too!
Dad & I have been taking photos of the ones in the local Cemeteries around Manchester for various people.

A few weeks ago we went on our 'family week' holiday with all the family to Anglsey .............. driving along a country lane we spotted a small Cemetery, and a very clearly visible War Grave in it ............. dads reaction? "I wonder if anyones photographed the war graves in this area" - I think we got him addicted!

Gaille
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: MarieC on Saturday 14 August 10 10:12 BST (UK)

Reminds me of my late father.  He would always look in churchyards, (as I do and did even as a child)  and if he saw a child's grave (as you can imagine there were many, especially in the old village churchyards), he would bow his head and say a prayer.  We lived near such a graveyard and he found a grave of a child called John.  We had no idea who this child was, but every time dad came to visit, he would go to the churchyard to see John, to say hello and say a prayer for him.

Lizzie

Oh Lizzie!

What a great story - brought a tear to my eye!  :'(  What a lovely man your late father must have been.  I'm sure that John would have been waiting for him when he passed over, to thank him for his prayers.  May both of them rest in peace!

MarieC
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Saturday 14 August 10 21:04 BST (UK)
MarieC - Thank you for your kind words about my dad.  Yes he was a lovely man - well most of the time ::) - Hopefully, not only John, but lots of his relatives, including his twin sister were waiting for him.

Lizzie

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stonechat on Sunday 15 August 10 09:42 BST (UK)
what's civics
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: myluck! on Sunday 15 August 10 09:48 BST (UK)
I think that was directed to me stone chat
When I was in school we were taught a whole subject called CIVICS and it was the study of the rights and duties of citizens.
You were taught about governement, politics, voting, civil duty, economics, banking, international issues and culture, etc. I don't know if there is a comparable subject today (and I'm not dramtically old!!)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Sunday 15 August 10 15:17 BST (UK)
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When I was in school we were taught a whole subject called CIVICS and it was the study of the rights and duties of citizens.

We were taught that when I was in the 6th form of the grammar school in 1957/8. 
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: marcie dean on Sunday 15 August 10 15:55 BST (UK)
I think nowadays it would be called social history and economics.

 marcie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Evelina on Sunday 15 August 10 17:12 BST (UK)
I have just found this thread and realy enjoyed reading all the posts.  Having done that I know I am addicted because so many ran true. LOL Evelina
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Kim1980 on Sunday 15 August 10 17:30 BST (UK)
I think nowadays it would be called social history and economics.

 marcie

It's called Citizenship and starts at about age 6. It's usually taught alongside Personal, Social and Health education.

Kim :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Monday 16 August 10 12:57 BST (UK)
Quote
taught about government, politics, voting, civil duty, economics, banking, international issues and culture, etc.

Kim - I can't believe that what is taught from about age 6 is the same subject as we were taught at age 16/17.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Kim1980 on Monday 16 August 10 13:41 BST (UK)
It's not, but that's the age it starts at (understanding your local community, being a responsible citizen) and the subject is called the same at 16 but obviously includes more about government, international issues, etc etc).

Kim
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Pegasuss on Monday 16 August 10 16:34 BST (UK)
Without going to Political ::)

In my opinion most of what our children are now taught is more akin to Politcal Indoctrination & Socio-Politcal Engineering!

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: aghadowey on Monday 16 August 10 16:50 BST (UK)
This thread seems to have wandered off topic  :-\

You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DeeBoneham on Monday 16 August 10 17:58 BST (UK)
you spend more time looking for other peoples family than you do on Facebook!  :D LOL xx
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Redroger on Monday 16 August 10 19:51 BST (UK)
I had one year of Civics at Boston Grammar School from 1950 to 1951. I really enjoyed it. Never had it after that though was told it had been cancelled. Surprised it was still around in 1957/8 at 6th form level, we were first years when I had it.To repeat my earlier posting you know your'e addicted etc. --- when you get up at 05.30 to go to a record centre.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: marcie dean on Tuesday 17 August 10 15:02 BST (UK)
When you come across information which you wish belonged to your tree, and include it even if it isnt, because its more interesting than your own.
Your brain says its not verified, but your fingers type it in : Who cares!

marcie

Just found that my nans family of Omay were married to the Kilchattans and therefore possibly some of the biggest names known in Scottish history, like John Leslie, David Carnegie, the Drummonds etc.
Logistically have to check and verify.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Redroger on Tuesday 17 August 10 16:49 BST (UK)
Inevitably Marcie! :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Pegasuss on Wednesday 18 August 10 17:20 BST (UK)
You Know Your Addicted:

When Your (always) Waiting outside the Library in the wee early hours & Your the last one in the records Centre when they are closing! ::)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: myluck! on Saturday 04 September 10 08:30 BST (UK)
when reading about the thread of good wishes for the NZ earthquake I read:
Re: CHCH chatters are u OK?
Have been watching it on T.V all morning, never thought it would happen in Christchurch, have heard from some rellies in Christchurch and they all seem to be safe. Hope all the RC are safe and hope to see you all online again soon.
Posted by jericho (and I sent PM to say I was quoting it here)

I stupidly thought why would someone be more interested in the Roman Catholics than anyone else only later when I read RCers I thought Root Chatters and thought what an idiot I am - I have read one too many old records
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: AnneMc on Saturday 04 September 10 17:14 BST (UK)
You are addicted when you make a yearly trip to Salt Lake city to the family history library there.  I am off again this year... 

Cheers
Anne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: millymcb on Saturday 04 September 10 18:29 BST (UK)
Now that is real dedication!

Milly ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Redroger on Saturday 04 September 10 19:12 BST (UK)
Wish I could afford to! A long trip from England.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: myluck! on Saturday 04 September 10 19:51 BST (UK)
Shouldn't have mentioned that AnnMc you could be asked for some favours!!!! but boy is that dedication
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: AnneMc on Saturday 04 September 10 22:40 BST (UK)
It is my yearly holiday. I drive down with a group of friends from Canada.  It takes us 2 days of driving to get there but we stop lots otherwise we could get there sooner.  Out of the group I am the only one doing UK research  (as I was born there) everyone else is doing Canada and the US.

Must say that the British floor is not as busy as the other floors so have no problem getting a film reader or computer...

Redroger.  My wish to to make another trip over to Uk, as I would love to do more research over there. Fingers crossed we may get there next summer.

Cheers
Anne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: millymcb on Saturday 04 September 10 22:53 BST (UK)
Two days :o

it would be quicker for us to get there from the UK


Milly
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DeeBoneham on Saturday 04 September 10 22:58 BST (UK)
Anne
Given how addicted we all are perhaps if you need some spadework doing you can ask us to start it before you get over here...
Dee
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: MarieC on Sunday 05 September 10 09:47 BST (UK)
Oh, I'm envious, Anne!  A whole British floor - riches!  :D

MarieC
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: eadaoin on Sunday 05 September 10 13:45 BST (UK)
Must say that the British floor is not as busy as the other floors so have no problem getting a film reader or computer...

AnneMc, do you happen to know where the Irish stuff is?

I'm going to be in Salt Lake City, please God, in a few weeks time ... we're taking a train from Chicago. We'll be a few days there, but I think I'll only get one day in the Library, as OH has other fish to fry!

eadaoin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: AnneMc on Monday 06 September 10 03:24 BST (UK)
Hello Eadaoin:

The Irish information is on the same floor as the British info.  It is B2 Floor. They are very helpfull at the desk so just as someone there and they will be glad to help you.

Hope you enjoy your time there.

Cheers
Anne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: AnneMc on Monday 06 September 10 03:29 BST (UK)
Hello:

It seems a long time but we drive from home to Missoula (first day) that is 6 hours then the next day to Pocatello Idaho that is another 6 hour drive and the next morning we drive into Salt Lake with is only a 2 -3 hour drive so really is not that bad. Like I said before we like to take our time and do some shopping along the way. 

I have driven it in one day with two of us doing the driving, We would change drivers every two hours. I would not do that again. That was a bit much. 

Cheers
Anne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: millymcb on Monday 06 September 10 12:44 BST (UK)
And we think a couple of hours to the local record office is a long journey ::) ::)


Milly ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Monday 06 September 10 14:00 BST (UK)
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And we think a couple of hours to the local record office is a long journey

I think they have a different mindset in USA.  I recently received an e-mail from someone in USA who berated me because I didn't just get in my car in Hampshire and drive to Cheshire to look at a graveyard.  She said she travels all over USA visiting relatives, flying everywhere. (I must say she did have a very odd attitude, rather boastful about all her different houses around USA). Well if I could fly from Hampshire to Cheshire, cheaply and easily I might do the same.  Flying Heathrow (or Bournemouth) to Manchester and then getting a train, bus or taxi to the area of Cheshire I want, just to look at a graveyard, and then returning does not seem much fun to me. 

Lizzie

ps.  My husband and I have already searched said graveyard when we were up there a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Redroger on Monday 06 September 10 15:36 BST (UK)
I think the mindset is that they judge everyone doing the same thing as they are (family history research) as being in the same economic bracket as they are; it doesn't always apply.Many Americans would love to come to England, or visit LDS in Utah, but are unable to financially. However, it is true to say that air travel has largely replaced rail for long distance treavel in the USA. I still regard up to a total of 12 hours travel as acceptable for a day's research. When I lived at Doncaster I could just get to Wiltshire RO and back in a day, and have sufficient time there to be useful. I couldn't quite manage Dorset, I could make the round trip, but only had 50 minutes research time and that was on paper. However, Taunton at 4 1/2 hours out and 4 hours back was a regular trip.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: millymcb on Monday 06 September 10 15:45 BST (UK)
You should get a dedication gold star too Roger

Milly ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Redroger on Monday 06 September 10 15:53 BST (UK)
While I'm travelling I'm not into any mischief!  :) Enables me to catch up with some reading.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: AnneMc on Monday 06 September 10 18:01 BST (UK)
I do go to the closet family history center to me and that is an 1  1/2 hour drive so when I go I go down for the full day.  But must say that driving in Canada is a bit easier than in the UK.  I can drive to Cranbrook ( where the center is) and some times I am lucky if I see a dozen cars on the road. And over here you can drive for miles and see no towns or houses etc.  Just driving through the mountains.  I must say that the highways are much busier in the summer time.

We could fly to Salt Lake but it is much cheaper to drive down there.  Also if you stay at the hotel next to the library you get cheaper rooms if you are there to do family history... Not sure if any of the hotels near by do the same thing.  We stay at the Salt lake Plaza as it is right next door to the library so if you want a break from researching then you just have to nip next door.  Not that I rest much when I am there. lol...

Cheers
Anne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: marcie dean on Tuesday 07 September 10 15:14 BST (UK)
  Was thinking along the same lines, possibly book a holiday to Ireland to do some family research for Hugh Smith and Mary Taggart and their ancestors.
I know where their descendants ended up.  Scotland, Renfrew and Argyll
Peebles and Ayr.
But it will have to be next August as that and December to Jan is all the time I get off, otherwise tooo busy. ;D
marcie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Redroger on Tuesday 07 September 10 17:18 BST (UK)
We moved south, one of the attractions was that I thought my research in Lincs and Yorks was effectively completed, and that archives I needed would be more readily accessible. What happened; more research to do in the above, new research to do in Cambridgeshire, Wiltshire moved archive from Trowbridge to Chippenham, Taunton difficult to reach by rail and the relocation won't help, however, on the positive side Dorchester is 45 minutes away, was impossible; Winchester one hour, and right outside station, Chippenham 1 hour quicker than it was, Kew one hour quicker, other London archives little changed, so on the whole I think I have improved my access times to the archives I need.
Title: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: anniedwyer84 on Sunday 16 June 13 20:48 BST (UK)
For me, it would be:

- First thing waking up in the morning, checking emails for genealogy leads.
- Getting excited when receiving death notices of family members.
- Bouncing off the walls when finding new family members.
- Breaking down brick walls.
- Meeting new friends who have the same addiction.

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: toffeebear on Sunday 16 June 13 21:00 BST (UK)
. . . you agree to a family holiday in a certain place as you had ancestors who lived there! Roll on Kent and Monmouthshire this year!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: pinefamily on Friday 19 June 15 11:18 BST (UK)
I feel I should revive this thread.
Recently at work, I realized that in my daily duties in the warehouse, I have been mentally comparing appropriate part numbers and serial numbers with ancestor's years of birth or death.

My name is Darren, and I am an addict........
Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: jaybelnz on Friday 19 June 15 11:52 BST (UK)
Hail and well met Darren!

Like so many others have said - opening my email in the morning - see what's come in from the Northen Hemisphere!

Reading all the unread posts titles in here in case I see one of interest that may be a family of mine, or maybe something I could respond to for someone outside my own interests.

Doing the same searches almost every day for my brick wall people- ummm well, there might have been some new ones released overnight!

Very early in my research days, I must have been dreaming about my great grandparents.  My gggfather was a coal miner (as was my grandfather) and my grandmother had told me as a child, how her father had to get up for a first shift at about 4.30 am, and walk to the mine which took him about 1/2 - 3/4 of an hour.

His breakfast was porridge which would have been sitting at the side of the coal range all night, and my great grandmother would get up first to make up his piece box (lunch).

I woke up one morning, and because it was daylight, I panicked, and jumped out of bed to get his breakfast porridge and pack his Piece.  (Lunch box).

It wasn't until I actually got out to the kitchen that I realised I must have been dreaming I was my great Grandmother!  It was very spooky, and I often have a laugh about it! 

Jeanne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: coombs on Friday 19 June 15 16:21 BST (UK)
Looking at charts and graphs at work and for a second thinking they are a census form.
Checking Ancestry, FindMyPast and FamilySearch daily for new records.
Writing up biographies on ancestors and printing them off in book form.
My CD collection is 70% consisted of marriage records, census CDs and poor law records.
Making sure that while 100% proof can be hard to achieve, 99.9% proof is always achieved.
Getting excited when finding a new link and being unable to sleep that night.
Dreaming that my 4xgreat grandfather is still alive at 225 years old.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Friday 19 June 15 16:22 BST (UK)
.... You are the one making sure that the family holiday takes place where there just happens to be a very relevant set of records that you've been wanting to see for some time ... and it dawns on other half when it is noticed that loose-leaf notebook, calculator, tablet and "family bag" are being packed first into the car.....
- And you try to look innocent when you suggest you'd "just like to pop into the ***** records office to check up on a few things - as you're in the area".
Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: coombs on Friday 19 June 15 16:34 BST (UK)
And that pop in to the record office turns into 3 days of the holiday in the record office. My next holiday will be Oxford and Pittsburgh.

Also, making sure you check all opening hours of record offices and taking any ID in case you may need a readers card, ready for the trip. And on the trip you make sure your alarm is set for early in the morning to get down the RO as early as possible.

Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: giggsycat on Friday 19 June 15 22:07 BST (UK)
When talking about a holiday you took in 1998 you find yourself saying 1898!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: Countryquine on Friday 19 June 15 22:33 BST (UK)
You're the one telling your parents about their great grandparents.

Every place you visit, you have to walk through the local cemetery.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: jaybelnz on Saturday 20 June 15 02:30 BST (UK)
You're the one telling your parents about their great grandparents.

Every place you visit, you have to walk through the local cemetery.

.....and take photos of every gravestone that shows ANY of your connected family surnames - just in case it turns out later to be one of yours.....  Then decide to create a "grave bank" album of your images - two folders - Known & Not yet!!

Jeanne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: coombs on Saturday 20 June 15 12:36 BST (UK)
When you watch old episodes of soaps like Corrie, EastEnders or Home And Away and find characters with surnames that are of ancestors and even think in the fictional world they are distant relatives. Ie Alf Stewart of H&A may be a distant cousin of mine through my Stewarts of Scotland lol. Or the fact that the Branning family in EastEnders have a Suffolk surname.

You have a 5000 page portfolio of BMD certs, poor law records, parish records, census records and emigration records.

You spend hours looking through online poor law records on Ancestry in the hope you may find an entry for an ancestor.

Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: dowdstree on Saturday 20 June 15 23:35 BST (UK)
Hi everyone,

When I am logged on to Ancestry my husband refuses to answer me when I speak unless I say his name because he says he is not sure if I am speaking to HIM, THE DOG OR THE ANCESTORS  ::)

Well no prizes for guessing the answer to that one - I am an addict who talks out loud.

 A Holiday later on this year will be a week spent in a Scottish Coastal area where lots of my ancestors lived (we live in Scotland so no problem) and he will have the dog for company and
 they can go for long walks on the beach :-* :-* Hope its not raining or they will get very wet :'(

Selfish? Who me  :)

Dorrie

P.S. Love them really
Title: You Know You've Been Hit With ......
Post by: jaybelnz on Tuesday 21 July 15 10:04 BST (UK)
Just read this on. my Heritage blog....

You know you've  been hit with the genealogy bug if…

When introducing someone you say, “this is my sister’s grandmother’s father’s son.”
You are more interested in what happened in 1815 than in 2015.
A perfect vacation includes trips to cemeteries, archives and libraries.
A family vacation is going to visit an ancestor’s hometown.
Your doctor asks about your family background and you reply, “how many generations back?”
Many family albums are filled with photos of ancestors.
You explore unusual, non-related family names for fun, as well as your own family names.
You know more about your ancestors than your oldest relatives who knew them.
You thrive on finding an old family heirloom and learning about its history.
If you could have any tech gadget, it would be a time machine to go back and meet your ancestors.
You’ve called in sick because you woke up late after a research all-nighter .
You filed your taxes in GEDCOM format.
You named your kids in alphabetical order to make indexing easier.
Do you have any others to add?

Tagged as: Family History, Genealogy, Genealogy Bug, You know you're a genealogist

Jeanne

Moderator Comment: topics merged
Title: Re: You Know You've Been Hit With ......
Post by: DavidG02 on Tuesday 21 July 15 10:07 BST (UK)
You refuse to accept that brickwall is indestructible
You take pictures of headstones...just in case and anyway someone may want a copy.
You cant walk past a Memorial or Plaque without going over the names for links
Title: Re: You Know You've Been Hit With ......
Post by: lizdb on Tuesday 21 July 15 10:10 BST (UK)

You cant walk past a Memorial or Plaque without going over the names for links

That made me smile, because, yes, I do do that!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Berlin-Bob on Tuesday 21 July 15 10:17 BST (UK)
Keep 'em coming !!! 
If I find any new ones I add them to "Today's thought" in DBSIG and SIT  ;D

Bob

ps a tip, if you want to read through the whole topic -> click on "print" - you can then read the whole topic in one window (or tab)

Access:
Click on the Reference Library link at the bottom of any page.
Click on DBSIG or SIT in projects menu.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Nanna52 on Tuesday 21 July 15 11:05 BST (UK)
I showed my doctor death certificates.  When he read them he just nodded and then looked at my grandmothers doctor and said show this to my wife (reception), she worked for him.  Wife's comment was ' oh he was a grumpy old B.'


Added.

When the crossword puzzle clue is 'resting places' you think of cemeteries, grave, tomb, then find out the first letter is B and the answer is beds.


Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Tuesday 21 July 15 12:22 BST (UK)
Watching TV shows and characters with surnames that are of ancestors. Tom Barnaby in Midsomer Murders for instance, his surname is very common in the Yarmouth area of Norfolk, maybe his ancestors came from there. And a distant relative of mine married a Barnaby in Yarmouth. I could say Tom and John Barnaby in MM are distant cousins of mine lol.

75% of your CD collection is of marriage records, poor law records, census records, parish registers and electoral registers.

Looking at paperwork at work and thinking it is a census form or birth certificate.

Filling in the 2011 census and omitting my middle name, so my descendents dont have it easy 100 or so years down the line.

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Tuesday 21 July 15 12:31 BST (UK)
Nice coombs. Not sure I couldnt do the 'omit middle name'.

But the name one is true. I am in HG Wells Invisible Man  ;) Chapter 8


I am also a famous author
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Tuesday 21 July 15 13:12 BST (UK)
Why should they have it easy after all our hard work trawling through reams of parish registers, census records and such.

More addictions is researching the areas my ancestors lived in, even where they may have drunk or shopped. Even to researching neighbours of ancestors, sometimes they registered and ancestors death.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Tuesday 21 July 15 13:17 BST (UK)
When you sit up in bed half the night with your ipad because you live in Tomorrowland and the Rootschat boards come to life when you should be sleeping!  Well, somebody might have answered one of your posts while you were sleeping, and you better have one more check  - just in case it's that miracle find!

And you know you've spent all night at it when you hear birds chirping in the tree outside your bedroom window!

Jeanne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Flattybasher9 on Tuesday 21 July 15 14:08 BST (UK)
You get scunnered with the dead ends, so you start to name churches, houses, villages, harbours, bridges and big-wheels for Cazza.  ::) ::) ::)

Regards

Malky
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: lizdb on Tuesday 21 July 15 14:09 BST (UK)
You get scunnered with the dead ends, so you start to name churches, houses, villages, harbours, bridges and big-wheels for Cazza.  ::) ::) ::)

 ;D  ;D ;D ;D

And in severe cases, even dogs!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rishile on Tuesday 21 July 15 14:14 BST (UK)
My most severe case - one of mine was in service and worked for two brothers and their families.  I investigated the brothers discovering they owned a carpet business.  I was almost in tears when I found out they went bankrupt shortly before they were due to retire. 

And they weren't even mine!!   ::)

Rishile
Title: Re: You Know You've Been Hit With ......
Post by: KGarrad on Tuesday 21 July 15 15:11 BST (UK)
You cant walk past a Memorial or Plaque without going over the names for links


Or when you walk past you start thinking "I wonder when he married, and who his parents were?"
And then you look him up! ;D

I take a short-cut through a graveyard when I walk to the pub - and have "conditioned" myself to NOT take a notepad! ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Flattybasher9 on Tuesday 21 July 15 15:17 BST (UK)
Or you stand all night at a locked cemetery gate, waiting for morning, 'caus you are just dying to get in.  :-\ :-\ :-\

Regards

Malky
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Tuesday 21 July 15 15:37 BST (UK)
When you start researching your friends grandparents etc. even when they've not asked you to, just because you can't break down your own brick wall.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Tuesday 21 July 15 15:42 BST (UK)
You get up at 7am in the morning on holiday in London, Essex or Sussex so you can get to the record office as early as possible, leaving other relatives having to please themselves, then getting an ear bashing when you come back to the hotel at 8pm to be told "You spend all holiday researching dead people when we could have had a lovely day on the seafront". What getting into a big sweat and always wanting a drink?
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: StanleysChesterton on Tuesday 21 July 15 15:48 BST (UK)
When you live off only basics toast for two weeks to be able to afford one certificate :)

I'm not at that stage ...too scared the certificate would be a dud ... and I'd have to eat toast for another two weeks to buy the other one it could've been.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Treetotal on Tuesday 21 July 15 23:06 BST (UK)
When you come into contact with someone who has a surname that is in your family tree and you ask if they have any connection to your line....or ask...."Are your Kirks from East Yorkshire?"
Carol
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: frostyknight on Wednesday 22 July 15 00:32 BST (UK)
When you've to be up early in the morning, but you just have to post a reply on RootsChat at 12.30am ;D ;D. When the housework hasn't been done (again) cos there are all those recently-on-line Irish parish registers to be checked.  :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Braindead on Wednesday 22 July 15 09:02 BST (UK)
When you live off only basics toast for two weeks to be able to afford one certificate :)

I don't have a problem with affording that extra certificate, it's the justifiying it to my OH that's the problem...
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: StanleysChesterton on Wednesday 22 July 15 09:42 BST (UK)

I don't have a problem with affording that extra certificate, it's the justifiying it to my OH that's the problem...
Just remind him that blood is thicker than water :)

I have no OH to justify anything to ... including the reason toast will have to be eaten for 2 weeks!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Wednesday 22 July 15 14:46 BST (UK)
Well Toast can be delicious :) 
I have just 'risked' 22 dollars (American) on a very risky American death cert. 
I don't drink, smoke, or imbibe in other expensive outlay's apart from gardening... I spend 'nada' No visits to the kids or grandkids or local attractions... etc etc.. I am a boring genealogist gardening fanatic.  I hardly watch TV either apart from.... Severide... cannot miss those gorgeous eyes .... never mind 'GA GA'   he is MINE  :)
off now little dark corner in need of occupation :)

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Wednesday 22 July 15 14:52 BST (UK)
Being amazed by a birth not registered in the period 1837 to 1874. Even though I have them on baptism and census records and cannot find any known birth even by checking the local office, it is still fascinating.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Wednesday 22 July 15 16:35 BST (UK)
... the fact that this thread lasts way over 20 pages doesn't annoy you in the slightest! Hope the toast was worth it!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: lizdb on Wednesday 22 July 15 16:49 BST (UK)
....whenever you are on a car journey going from, well, anywhere to anywhere, you see a town or village name and come up with " One of my Edmonds/Farringtons/Kemps/Greens/Tinkers/Archers/Bonifaces/Bridgers/etc/etc/etc lived here at some point"
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Wednesday 22 July 15 16:57 BST (UK)
Telling lizdb that I also have Boniface's in my tree. Shows how addicted I am. From Beeding and Horsham and Nuthurst.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: lizdb on Wednesday 22 July 15 17:02 BST (UK)
Mine are the West Sussex ones. Though I am sure they all came from the same source originally, but as yet haven't linked them.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Wednesday 22 July 15 21:11 BST (UK)
Fictional TV characters with locative surnames and thinking their ancestors came from there.

Looking at a graph at work and thinking it is a birth certificate.

Being told I am to obsessed with people who died 100 years ago.
Title: Re: You Know You've Been Hit With ......
Post by: Burrow Digger on Friday 24 July 15 02:41 BST (UK)
You know you've  been hit with the genealogy bug if…

You explore unusual, non-related family names for fun, as well as your own family names.

You know you are addicted when after reading too many Harry Potter FAN FIC stories, you start looking through census records for the surname of Greengrass. (after the fictional character of Daphne Greengrass - it is an unusual name).

For the Record - The Greengrass name is found pretty much totally in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Lots of Shippers write FANFIC stories where Harry Potter and Daphne Greengrass get together instead of Hermione or Ginny  :)

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Burrow Digger on Friday 24 July 15 02:43 BST (UK)
you get asked a Trivia question - what important event happened in 1837??

 you blurt out - british civil registration

 what they wanted was - Queen Victorias Ascension!!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Burrow Digger on Friday 24 July 15 02:45 BST (UK)
I never had any interest in going to graveyards and trying to read headstones. I have never needed to do that!!

Not since 1999 when my parents home city in New Zealand placed all their burial records online and I only need to type in the name and the dates and I get ALL the details on my screen!!! That has been a GODSEND. Now I use that information in place of death certificates. LOL

The NZ BMD online database is very good as well!!!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Burrow Digger on Friday 24 July 15 02:52 BST (UK)
DGIBBINS -

I am also a famous author

Are you the David Gibbins who writes the Jack Howard Marine archaeology books? The first one of yours I ever read was Atlantis. I LOVED it!!! I have read several others as well. They are BRILLIANT!!!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 24 July 15 13:02 BST (UK)
Obsessed with genealogy is finding a character in Emmerdale Farm from years ago who was a Yorkshireman, Tom Merrick, having a Shropshire and Staffordshire surname and even researching Merricks in Yorkshire in 1861, and most of them were from Shropshire, Oxfordshire or London.

And yes, even researching surnames of Harry Potter characters or surnames like Trotter for Only Fools And Horses.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Friday 24 July 15 14:18 BST (UK)
You are still waiting for the paperless office as you look at all your PAPER files,post it notes and scraps that you hurriedly scribbled on when having that coffee and remembering a 3am thought.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Friday 24 July 15 14:22 BST (UK)
DGIBBINS -

I am also a famous author

Are you the David Gibbins who writes the Jack Howard Marine archaeology books? The first one of yours I ever read was Atlantis. I LOVED it!!! I have read several others as well. They are BRILLIANT!!!!
I wish!!

Its a scary/odd feeling as you wander the bookstore with your head tilted to read the authors names and suddenly your own appears. You then have a brain freeze as you wonder if you DID write it but just forgot. Then pick up the book and its a good read.

I actually did try and trace his family back from Canada to see if there was the Bedford or Leicestershire link but haven't followed it up as much as I should.

I have never read a more intense and descriptive dive as one he portrayed under an iceberg. Gave me shivers - pun intended.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Burrow Digger on Friday 24 July 15 16:35 BST (UK)
That's not you?? Drats!!!!   ;D

Oh well...  :P
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: patty38 on Friday 24 July 15 17:31 BST (UK)
You fork out £9.25 for a death certificate for the son of your grandfather's sister because you've just found out from a newspaper report that he collapsed and died in Newcastle Bigg market aged 19 years and you just HAVE to know what happened. Can't wait for it to arrive.

Patty  :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: StevieSteve on Friday 24 July 15 18:46 BST (UK)

Its a scary/odd feeling as you wander the bookstore with your head tilted to read the authors names and suddenly your own appears.

Especially when you see it in Russian, in a Moscow shop window

And especially, when you are asked in a pub whether you are that author, before they even know your name (which actually isn't that flattering as I am about 15 years younger)

Stephen K...
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Friday 24 July 15 23:24 BST (UK)
... When you travel halfway across the world to visit the graves of your great grandparents, and birthplaces of your parents, houses they lived in etc, - then stand and cry when you actually find them! You take headstone photos of any headstone in that same cemetery that has one of your connected names on it, even though a connection hasn't yet been made to that particular person/people!   Being a small coal mining village in Ayrshire where both my great grandparents and their parents were born and reared, it's been a very handy resource to have! 

Jeanne

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Saturday 25 July 15 00:21 BST (UK)
You wake up with your head on the keyboard after 10 hrs of research  ;D

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Jool on Saturday 25 July 15 00:45 BST (UK)
You wake up with your head on the keyboard after 10 hrs of research  ;D

Annie

LOL Annie, I have actually done that, and typed in a few very random searches with my eyebrows  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Saturday 25 July 15 00:58 BST (UK)
 ;D ;D ;D

I have done it............was totally exhausted but unwell at the time.

I was determined to scroll through the Ancestry records (the old version) when every thing you typed with a letter "e" came up for everywhere  ;D  ;D

I had my computer on "standby" every day for about a week so I knew where I'd left off...............
nightmare (not when my head was on the keyboard)  ???

Annie

ADDED.............never found my man in that week but another time while searching someone completely different. I found him (clear as day too), a 2nd marriage (didn't even know about the 1st), parents names, her parents names & his death ::)............in Canada but to this day I haven't found him on a passenger list  ???

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: g eli on Saturday 25 July 15 01:00 BST (UK)
Spending days researching a family even consider buying a certificate because it might confirm your ideas, then realize that you had researched the family because a member of  the family was staying at the same abode as your family on census night ,and as far as you know there is no connection.
liz
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Sunday 26 July 15 10:53 BST (UK)
Just had a new one on a Newsletter!


When introducing someone you say, “this is my sister’s grandmother’s father’s son.”
You are more interested in what happened in 1815 than in 2015.
A perfect vacation includes trips to cemeteries, archives and libraries.
A family vacation is going to visit an ancestor’s hometown.
Your doctor asks about your family background and you reply, “how many generations back?”
Many family albums are filled with photos of ancestors.
You explore unusual, non-related family names for fun, as well as your own family names.
You know more about your ancestors than your oldest relatives who knew them.
You thrive on finding an old family heirloom and learning about its history.
If you could have any tech gadget, it would be a time machine to go back and meet your ancestors.
You’ve called in sick because you woke up late after a research all-nighter .
You filed your taxes in GEDCOM format.
You named your kids in alphabetical order to make indexing easier.

Jeanne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Sunday 26 July 15 11:17 BST (UK)
When your son leaves a message on one of your threads asking you to call as you are not answering the phone but he sees your on rootschat  ;D ;D ;D

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Sunday 26 July 15 11:24 BST (UK)
Haha annie I think you just won the prize.   ;D

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Sunday 26 July 15 11:25 BST (UK)
When someone sends a PM asking about a connection and you send back a three page explanation , not only up , but down as well  :-[

Sorry  :D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Nanna52 on Sunday 26 July 15 11:43 BST (UK)
Haha annie I think you just won the prize.   ;D

I agree, you have definitely won the prize.  Got to admire your sons ingenuity though.  Don't think my son would think to look here, but then he is not that interested in genealogy.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: JaneyH_104 on Wednesday 29 July 15 09:21 BST (UK)
Oh dear, I fear I've become an addict.

Our family holiday to the Forest of Dean last autumn included visit to Gloucester Archives (husband and son despatched to cinema!).  We went on a couple of walks through villages / areas where ancestors were known to have lived, and we also spent an hour in a very overgrown graveyard, hunting down ancestors.  (With the latter, making it a competition and saying "the first person who can find me someone called **** gets a chocolate" proved a highly successful approach!). And we DID find the grave of my great-grandparents, which was wonderful.

I'm also guilty of telling my parents stories I've researched about ancestors they knew as children.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted when....
Post by: oldfashionedgirl on Wednesday 29 July 15 09:36 BST (UK)
I realized I was an addict when I was very excited on completing a royal flush re both his and my grandparents had had shotgun weddings :o and I found it very funny but nobody else did !  ;D

No offence to the ancestors, it wasn't personal, it was just I had a 'victorian' father and years later it dawns that strictness can come as a result of others mistakes. ::)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Wednesday 29 July 15 10:26 BST (UK)
Haha annie I think you just won the prize.   ;D

I agree, you have definitely won the prize.  Got to admire your sons ingenuity though.  Don't think my son would think to look here, but then he is not that interested in genealogy.

Nanna,

I don't have a son...........just my sense of humour  ;D  ;D

But yes....................... if my daughter knew about  "RC" she would have no qualms checking this site & leaving a message if I told her about it as I do, often, ignore my phone when I'm engrossed as I see it as my past-time just as anyone going for a swim but of course you wouldn't be swimming for 10 hrs & not answer your phone  ???  ;D

Annie

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Wednesday 29 July 15 21:16 BST (UK)
'What's a phone' ?


 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Deirdre784 on Wednesday 29 July 15 21:45 BST (UK)
In work we have to change our computer log on passwords every month. Really useful pastime to have loads of names plus numbers (year of birth / death most remembered about the person  ::))
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Thursday 30 July 15 15:39 BST (UK)
Quote
No offence to the ancestors, it wasn't personal, it was just I had a 'victorian' father and years later it dawns that strictness can come as a result of others mistakes.

I know what you mean oldfashionedgirl.  My mother was a total prude in fact, according to my dad, she was still a virgin when they came back from honeymoon  ::)  Guess what, her mother was 3 months pregnant when she married, her mother's sister had an illegitimate child and was then pregnant with the 2nd one before she got married.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 31 July 15 12:18 BST (UK)
You have to hide your annoyance when you are looking through census records on Ancestry and a family member asks you "Can you look up Hotpoint washing machine fuses as I think the one on the washing machine has gone".
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Redroger on Friday 31 July 15 12:18 BST (UK)
My dear maternal grandmother (b1872) was very religious and projected the epitome of Victorian morality; until I started family history research! One of her subjects was marriage outside the permitted relationships, first cousins etc. her husband came from a community which had been inbreeding for years; her oldest sister married in the mid 1880s and died subquentally. Her husband remarried and was again widowed. In the late 1890s he remarried again, this time to the sister of his first wife, and was again my grandmother's brother in law. Guess what, she was a witness at the wedding!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Saturday 01 August 15 02:23 BST (UK)
You have to love those Victorian double standards.......
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Saturday 01 August 15 16:18 BST (UK)
I think  ----- and have knowledge of such a person ---- that the stricter they were was maybe cos they were in fact guilty themselves!!!!

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Saturday 01 August 15 18:15 BST (UK)
Spending a few hours yesterday researching the exact location of a row of houses in Old Ford Road in Bow called Arthur Terrace, I think it was actually 2 blocks, one had 2 houses and the other was 3 houses on the main road, next to another terrace. Well all this research helps others who may find ancestors from the same place or Old Ford Road.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rishile on Monday 03 August 15 07:56 BST (UK)
When looking as some of the photos of Cilla Black, yelling out that she married in the church where my Gtx3 grandparents married.  ::)

Rishile
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Wednesday 05 August 15 12:32 BST (UK)
I even research parents and their movements. They are your closest ancestors.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: aghadowey on Friday 14 August 15 13:27 BST (UK)
... you (thoroughly) research your relatives' relatives  ;D

I'm picking up research on my Danish uncle (married to my mother's sister) and his family started over 30 years ago when he was alive to update his daughter who is interested.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Saturday 15 August 15 01:40 BST (UK)
Maybe we need to start a support group.

My name is Darren, and I am a genealogy addict.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: frostyknight on Saturday 15 August 15 01:44 BST (UK)
Great idea, Darren  ;D ;D I'll sign up now please  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Saturday 15 August 15 01:46 BST (UK)
The first step to recovery is admission.  :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rishile on Sunday 16 August 15 10:25 BST (UK)
Hello Darren

My name is Rishile and (sobs) I'm a geneology addict too (sobs).

Phew - I feel better now.  Thank you Darren

Rishile
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Sunday 16 August 15 11:30 BST (UK)
maybe -- we should all carry a 'victorian penny'  around and twiddle it around to remind us - we are addicted....  :)

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Sunday 16 August 15 20:31 BST (UK)
As I said, you even see your parents as ancestors and research their schools, addresses etc. I found mum had a miscarriage before me and my brother was born, so they could have had 3 children.

Parents moved to G Yarmouth in Norfolk in 1975 and I even research their first address in the town there. I wish I could find them on the 1971 and 1981 census but will have to wait until 2071 and 2081.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Sunday 16 August 15 20:45 BST (UK)
can you not find them on the electoral roll   :)
xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Monday 17 August 15 21:26 BST (UK)
Yes there is that. For the house they settled in Rollesby and even their first address but they only lived there for a few months in 1975 so may not have lived long enough at the place to qualify.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Monday 17 August 15 23:32 BST (UK)
hang on............ ??? ::)

I live up the road from Rollesby :)  do you want me to go perusing :)

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: StevieSteve on Tuesday 18 August 15 04:29 BST (UK)
You know when you're addicted when you offer to go perusing nearby houses...?  :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Tuesday 18 August 15 10:45 BST (UK)
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Tuesday 18 August 15 12:57 BST (UK)
Go on, admit it Xinia.....
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Tuesday 18 August 15 23:01 BST (UK)
sure must be... spent the rainy afternoon... chasing people around Ancestry that are Not closely related at all, but so interesting.... couldn't put them down :) :) 

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Jool on Tuesday 18 August 15 23:15 BST (UK)
You know you're addicted when you keep reading these posts to see who else is addicted  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Wednesday 19 August 15 10:11 BST (UK)
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rishile on Wednesday 19 August 15 10:51 BST (UK)
How sad is this  :o

Rishile
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Wednesday 19 August 15 10:57 BST (UK)
Not sad at all. We've admitted our addiction.......  ;D

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: KGarrad on Wednesday 19 August 15 12:11 BST (UK)
. . . . this thread gets to page 41, and you haven't found time to post, because you're too busy looking up stuff!! ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Wednesday 19 August 15 12:29 BST (UK)
You change your settings to 50 replies per page so you have MORE time to look up names  ;)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Wednesday 19 August 15 12:33 BST (UK)
When rushing home from work to make your tea is a thing of the past as you no longer have hunger pangs for food but for your next find on genealogy i.e. rushing home to put your computer on instead of the cooker  ;D  ???  ::)  :P

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Wednesday 19 August 15 16:49 BST (UK)
...you live in the Southern Hemisphere, and turn your ipad on first thing in the morning, while you are eating breakfast so you can see what's been happening overnight on Rootschat while you've been sleeping!   Very exciting!

Jeanne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 21 August 15 13:08 BST (UK)
You type common surnames into Ancestry to see how many people with that surname are in each census and how many births have been registered with that name or mothers maiden name.

Over 300'000 people with the surname or mmn White were registered inbetween 1916 and 2007. Imagine trying to do a one name study on all that lot lol.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: clairec666 on Friday 21 August 15 13:17 BST (UK)
.... when you

1) Celebrate the addition of new records to ancestry or findmypast as if it's your birthday

2) Consider yourself an expert in what christian names were in fashion at any point in the 1800s!

3) Write your own computer programme to store your records
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Friday 21 August 15 13:56 BST (UK)
write your own progs  ---wow that would be great....

My filing system is driving me crazy at the moment...

I have  a system that only I will ever comprehend.!!!!!

so attempting to change it for my daughters to use. 

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: clairec666 on Friday 21 August 15 14:01 BST (UK)
That's the problem - I started genealogy so I could share my interest with others, but still haven't managed to collate everything into a version others could understand!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 21 August 15 14:20 BST (UK)
You tell family about an ancestral find like you have won £100000 and get a "Very Good" reply and thats it, no more yet still have to listen to their everyday chatter on mundane things.

You find out your ancestor or a sibling of an ancestor spent time outside Europe, and find a passenger list and act like you have won £1000000.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Berlin-Bob on Friday 21 August 15 15:18 BST (UK)
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3) Write your own computer programme to store your records
or write database applications for a well-known forum, so that others can find names more easily :)

Bob
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Post by: clairec666 on Friday 21 August 15 15:20 BST (UK)
Techy-genealogy-geeks of the world unite ;)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Friday 21 August 15 15:27 BST (UK)
is that techy or tetchy (BIG PUN JOKE  ;D ;D ;D ;D)

xin

 ??? :o ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Berlin-Bob on Friday 21 August 15 15:31 BST (UK)
Both !!!!!!

Working on it is "techy" but if it doesn't go right, then I quickly get "tetchy"  ;D

Bob
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: clairec666 on Friday 21 August 15 15:35 BST (UK)
Hehe ;)

I've been out of the habit of programming for the last couple of years, but when I was tackling something complex I needed ABSOLUTE silence in order to concentrate. Woe betide anyone who interrupted...

So yeah, "tetchy" just about covers it...
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Treetotal on Friday 21 August 15 15:37 BST (UK)
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3) Write your own computer programme to store your records
or write database applications for a well-known forum, so that others can find names more easily :)

Bob

Lucky for us though  ;)

Carol
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: a-l on Saturday 22 August 15 13:31 BST (UK)
Does anyone else do this when you are introduced to a new person eg this is Mr Jones and you reply which branch are you from?  Even when it's not your in your research ?                                              Sue
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Sunday 23 August 15 06:35 BST (UK)
Does anyone else do this when you are introduced to a new person eg this is Mr Jones and you reply which branch are you from?  Even when it's not your in your research ?                                              Sue
More like this - ''Hmm Jones hey , you know your ancestors more than likely were Welsh - have you done your tree yet? ''

''No - umm ok ''  :-[
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: StevieSteve on Sunday 23 August 15 07:18 BST (UK)
For more unusual names, it's more like

"Mr Glasspool? I have a bunch of second cousins three times removed called Glasspool, we may be related."
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Monday 12 October 15 09:35 BST (UK)
You spend a lot of time trying to narrow down the location of a cottage in a village your ancestor lived at, using census records and electoral rolls.

You spend all day touring villages your ancestors lived at, and looking at every name on every headstone, even the more weathered ones.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: aghadowey on Monday 12 October 15 11:19 BST (UK)
You spend all day touring villages your ancestors lived at, and looking at every name on every headstone, even the more weathered ones.

It's even worse when you start talking about these people as if you'd known them :)

I remember my cousin getting annoyed with me when she asked if I knew who lived in a nearby house and I proceeded to tell her the entire history of both the house and the family who used to live there along with their local connections, where in the churchyard they were buried, etc. but I couldn't tell her the name of the present occupants  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Monday 12 October 15 21:15 BST (UK)
You spend all day touring villages your ancestors lived at, and looking at every name on every headstone, even the more weathered ones.

It's even worse when you start talking about these people as if you'd known them :)

I remember my cousin getting annoyed with me when she asked if I knew who lived in a nearby house and I proceeded to tell her the entire history of both the house and the family who used to live there along with their local connections, where in the churchyard they were buried, etc. but I couldn't tell her the name of the present occupants  ;D

Yesterday I went round Bletchingdon and Wootton in Oxfordshire, very hilly and picturesque and has totally changed my vision of how they lived and the location now I have been there. Oxfordshire is like a southern Lake District. In the 2 aforementioned villages I looked at every name on every headstone and when I got in the car there was grass and mud all over the mat.

Yes it is like we knew them, and 2 of them died in 1854 and 1858 respectively. Also the one who died in 1854 had a daughter in 1842, my 3xgreat grandmother.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: StevieSteve on Monday 12 October 15 21:44 BST (UK)
Plumstead for me next week followed by Slough the month after.

Not expecting to use the word "picturesque" in the near future...
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: aghadowey on Monday 12 October 15 23:47 BST (UK)
Ah, Plumstead... never been there but did research an Aghadowey family who lived there...

Sorry, can't help myself looking for connections  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Wednesday 14 October 15 11:37 BST (UK)
Lovely walking round Bletchingdon and Wootton and Oxford city itself, very vibrant. Where my great gran was born is now the entrance area to Westgate Shopping Centre.

Spending hours in RO's ordering original documents for poor law records for ancestral villages to see if they appear on them.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 11 December 15 00:22 GMT (UK)
I am addicted to genealogy when I get annoyed at totally irrelevant search results even when I type exact search on FindMyPast, Ancestry or FamilySearch. Cant remember where but someone else said they type a certain surname into newspapers on FindMyPast and get a verb. I hate that, that is sooooo annoying. I think FindMyPast seem to have remedied that a bit, the surname should be just that, not a verb esp if the surname is Childs, Waters, or Wood.

Also being disappointed, as if the world is ending when a lovely theory that you think you have an ancestors baptism is blown away by a brutal fact that there was a burial record for that person as a child, and no subsequent baptisms in that parish or further. Or you think you have an ancestors baptism in a PR only to find a marriage in the next parish 20 years later to a different spouse.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Friday 11 December 15 06:03 GMT (UK)
Brutal isn't the word, Coombs. When I find my theories blown away by a very inconvenient baptism/burial/marriage, I am absolutely devastated.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 11 December 15 12:26 GMT (UK)
Brutal isn't the word, Coombs. When I find my theories blown away by a very inconvenient baptism/burial/marriage, I am absolutely devastated.

Same here. It is like the end of the world, as we are so addicted to genealogy and when we have our hopes smashed to pieces by a very inconvenient baptism. Or if you find a likely marriage because you have a baptism, you inconveniently find there was 2 "James Bradford's" who married a Susannah in the area at the same time. Police officers hate coincidences, and I dont blame them. I am a genealogist who hates loose ends.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: JAKnighton on Thursday 31 December 15 23:33 GMT (UK)
Cant remember where but someone else said they type a certain surname into newspapers on FindMyPast and get a verb.

This happens to me with the surname Revell, I know "revel" is a verb but I also get a lot of "Revelations" results. Very confusing to me how little results for the actual surname comes up.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Thursday 31 December 15 23:36 GMT (UK)
My memory is sometimes faulty, but isn't/wasn't Revell a brand of model planes and cars?
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Thursday 31 December 15 23:40 GMT (UK)
Cant remember where but someone else said they type a certain surname into newspapers on FindMyPast and get a verb.

This happens to me with the surname Revell, I know "revel" is a verb but I also get a lot of "Revelations" results. Very confusing to me how little results for the actual surname comes up.

It is annoying isn't it? They have a surname search yet get hundreds of totally irrelevant results, ie if I type "Edward Childs" I get a few exact results but buried within the endless "Edwards and child" or "Mrs Edwards and one child" results.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Thursday 31 December 15 23:50 GMT (UK)
You should try Pine.....  ::)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: isk on Thursday 31 December 15 23:57 GMT (UK)
Couldn't agree more, try googling or otherwise searching the surname Marr, it is a total nightmare. But I think it's time to raise a glass to welcome 2016.  Happy New Year to all genealogy addicts. isk
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Friday 01 January 16 00:13 GMT (UK)
Cheers isk,

I can't get help for my addiction so may as well drink to being a Geneaholic  ;D

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Friday 01 January 16 00:15 GMT (UK)
I know I'm addicted when I was most excited to get an Ancestry sub for Xmas!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Friday 01 January 16 03:44 GMT (UK)
You should try Pine.....  ::)
Or London or Carpenter
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Friday 01 January 16 03:46 GMT (UK)
.... your first thought on New Years Day is annoyance at the Library being closed

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: StevieSteve on Friday 01 January 16 05:56 GMT (UK)
You should try Pine.....  ::)
Or London or Carpenter

Or King

Happy New Year all
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Nanna52 on Friday 01 January 16 06:09 GMT (UK)
You should try Pine.....  ::)

And then you can try the surnames of James and Vincent......
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: rayard on Friday 01 January 16 15:29 GMT (UK)
It's difficult enough coping with "Jones" but "Roads" is dreadful!

I have one of those picture frames for a memory stick so they scroll on a screen, most of the photos on there are gravestones or cemeteries!!
rayard.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Friday 01 January 16 16:25 GMT (UK)
.... you can't close a thread down, just in case?
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: CarolA3 on Friday 01 January 16 16:51 GMT (UK)
........ it's 2357 on New Year's Eve and you just have to finish a PM to someone about their ancestors before you can join in the festivities :o

Carol
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 01 January 16 17:21 GMT (UK)
When i watch the news, TV shows, and see the end credits etc, and I hear peoples surname I think "Oh that is a surname found in Suffolk" or someone with an English accent whose surname is MacCullen I think, he must have Scottish ancestry.

If a crew member is called John Sheldrake I think "that is a Suffolk and Essex surname".
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: hookleg on Friday 01 January 16 19:38 GMT (UK)
You come home and find your screen saver has been changed to 'THE DEAD!!!' in red on a black background by a rather irate wife.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Friday 01 January 16 22:06 GMT (UK)
You come home and find your screen saver has been changed to 'THE DEAD!!!' in red on a black background by a rather irate wife.

Better than "The Undead".  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Friday 01 January 16 22:13 GMT (UK)
When i watch the news, TV shows, and see the end credits etc, and I hear peoples surname I think "Oh that is a surname found in Suffolk" or someone with an English accent whose surname is MacCullen I think, he must have Scottish ancestry.

If a crew member is called John Sheldrake I think "that is a Suffolk and Essex surname".
I spotted 2 of mine from the latest Star Wars movie :D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Friday 01 January 16 22:19 GMT (UK)
My late aunt always swore that the actor Robert Pine (most famous from the TV show "Chips") was a relative. My wife looks at his son Chris in movies and tells me there is a family resemblance. If, and it's a huge if, there is a connection, it's back in Devon in the 1600's. Both family lines came from in and around Exeter.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Treetotal on Friday 01 January 16 22:26 GMT (UK)
You should try Pine.....  ::)

Or.....in my family...Capes.....especially in newspaper look ups  ::)

Capes
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 01 January 16 23:11 GMT (UK)
When i watch the news, TV shows, and see the end credits etc, and I hear peoples surname I think "Oh that is a surname found in Suffolk" or someone with an English accent whose surname is MacCullen I think, he must have Scottish ancestry.

If a crew member is called John Sheldrake I think "that is a Suffolk and Essex surname".
I spotted 2 of mine from the latest Star Wars movie :D

Or if a TV show crew member on the end credits is called Abraham Isaac Cohen, must be Jewish.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: hookleg on Saturday 02 January 16 14:09 GMT (UK)
"You come home and find your screen saver has been changed to 'THE DEAD!!!' in red on a black background by a rather irate wife."
"Better than "The Undead"."


PLEASE don't give her ideas!!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Saturday 02 January 16 16:24 GMT (UK)


I'm addicted and proud of it!!! ;D ;D

You always manage to work your latest "discovery" into the conversation. ::)
 
The first site I check into everyday is this one  :D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Monday 11 January 16 12:11 GMT (UK)
You type in recent dates on letters etc online, or write dates in and put 1816 instead of 2016, or chat about TV shows or music and the years they came out and put 1884 instead of 1984, and only realise that when you have submitted your post. Ie the Aussie soap Home and Away was first thought up in late 1984 and hit the air in Jan 1988 and on a forum about TV show pre televised histories I put 1894.

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: cassie18 on Sunday 17 January 16 12:52 GMT (UK)
It's a disease you never recover from!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Monday 18 January 16 23:01 GMT (UK)
crikey  this post sure been going for some time   :) 

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Monday 18 January 16 23:16 GMT (UK)
You have surnames of friends and relatives and try and study the origin of the surname, meaning, such as Seabrook and think the brook by the sea or Woodford, you think the wood by the ford.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: rea1 on Monday 18 January 16 23:21 GMT (UK)
Found this by accident while browsing for pictures for Kazza - How many of you can answer to yes to all the questions??? LOL

I Am Addicted To Genealogy!

When you are in a different city do you look through the phone book to find people that have the same surname as one of your ancestors?
Do you get excited when you drive by a Cemetery?
Do you talk about your deceased ancestors as though they were still a live?
Does your librarian or the person that works at the archives know your whole life story?
Do you check the obituaries everyday?
Does your spouse call the library to see when you are coming home?
Do you spend your vacation tracking down ancestors in county courthouses?
Do you keep pictures of tombstones or long deceased ancestors in your wallet?
Can you remember the date an ancestor died but you can't remember to feed the pets?
Instead of an emergency kit in your car you have a research kit.
Does your boss call the library or archives to see when you will be coming back from your lunch break?
If you said yes to one or more of these you are an addicted genealogist


Jan :)
I'm a yes, maybe because these ancestors are in the past-and cannot hurt you like the ones today.

Liz
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: rea1 on Monday 18 January 16 23:24 GMT (UK)
It's a disease you never recover from!

Love pic on your profile, Cassie......lot of Lace around the neck.

Liz
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: cassie18 on Tuesday 19 January 16 18:47 GMT (UK)
Thanks Liz, my favorite as well. It's my great grandmother, never met her but I love her due to the many lovely stories from those who did.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Guy Etchells on Tuesday 19 January 16 18:53 GMT (UK)
I am not addicted to genealogy it is just part everyday life like eating, drinking and breathing.

Cheers
Guy
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Thursday 21 January 16 12:57 GMT (UK)
You find out you are distantly related to many others doing the same hobby of genealogy and feel like you have won the lottery.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Thursday 21 January 16 15:30 GMT (UK)
That's true Coombs. FAMILY history can often be a solitary pastime. Ironic I feel.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jbml on Thursday 28 January 16 07:15 GMT (UK)
I am not addicted to genealogy it is just part everyday life like eating, drinking and breathing.

Cheers
Guy

And don't tell me ... you can give it up any time you choose ... just like, um, eating, drinking and breathing ...  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Thursday 28 January 16 08:37 GMT (UK)
WHEN I look through all the new posts to see if I can find a post relating to someone in my family! Seen it happen a number of times on here, when a newbie pops up looking for info on her GG gfather  and gives names, and sometimes there are members that say things such as " oh Yes, he was my GG grandmother's brother, we must be related!  That would be like finding gold!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Thursday 28 January 16 08:41 GMT (UK)
I do the same! And check the surname interests. Have found no gold in either yet.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Janelle on Thursday 28 January 16 08:42 GMT (UK)
Hey jbml,

Your alphabetical surname listing - very exacting. Impressive.  ;)

Salute,

Janelle
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Wednesday 17 February 16 21:32 GMT (UK)
You wonder on the chance if your Stewart line from Selkirk could go back to the Stewart clan.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rishile on Thursday 18 February 16 08:39 GMT (UK)
When an old photograph appears on F*cebook and OH says he is 80% certain that man is my Grandfather (I don't remember my Grandfather, but OH does).  So you ask anyone, ANYONE, if they know if it is him then spend the next few hours on tenterhooks, waiting, waiting, for someone ANYONE to confirm it is him.  *Sighs*

Rishile
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Saturday 20 February 16 12:41 GMT (UK)
uhm  ----  oh dear - I am all    'un-addicted'   and cant seem to get back to it.... oh dear........ 24hours on my own, and absolutely Nothing else to think about, may do it.... but the spark seems to have gone,  :( :( not happy - 
I attempted the Himsley tidy up
and got nowhere - they are a dodgy lot.

I SHOULD do the Pollard's maternal side, but there are zilllllions..

there must be something still worth researching...............

I blame Ancestry, cos it has created a problem, as I do NOT like having to re-learn things, my brain seems only to allow me to do things the same way I have always done them.......

So Back burner... till the sparks catch......

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Saturday 20 February 16 13:56 GMT (UK)
You'll be back, firing on all cylinders before you know where you are - just get ONE tasty new bit of information, and it all flares up again.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Saturday 20 February 16 14:03 GMT (UK)

When you look forward to the "freebie" weekends so you can check your research (subs too costly from this side) and then spend the entire day trying to sort out one branch til you totally confuse yourself even when you write it down. :o ;D

(OH and son have cheek to interrupt to ask for food etc ::))
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Saturday 20 February 16 14:16 GMT (UK)
You'll be back, firing on all cylinders before you know where you are - just get ONE tasty new bit of information, and it all flares up again.

I did have a quick peep at the Pollard line....   but the matches wouldn't strike,  (oh dear.... ..that is supposed to be a funny play on words...  :-X :-\ ;D ;D ;D ;D)

xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Saturday 20 February 16 14:22 GMT (UK)
You'll be back, firing on all cylinders before you know where you are - just get ONE tasty new bit of information, and it all flares up again.

I did have a quick peep at the Pollard line....   but the matches wouldn't strike,  (oh dear.... ..that is supposed to be a funny play on words...  :-X :-\ ;D ;D ;D ;D)

xin


Oh my going from bad to worse  ::) ::) ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: g eli on Saturday 20 February 16 19:19 GMT (UK)
Starting a new tree to find out how a newly discovered cousin of my 3xggrandfather fit in to mine then spending the following week tracing her husbands descendants, thinking why am I doing this they are not related. but doing it anyway.
Liz
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Saturday 20 February 16 20:56 GMT (UK)

When you look forward to the "freebie" weekends so you can check your research (subs too costly from this side) and then spend the entire day trying to sort out one branch til you totally confuse yourself even when you write it down. :o ;D

(OH and son have cheek to interrupt to ask for food etc ::))

And that's when my wife wants to go out and buy something for the house or garden, or suggests a daytrip somewhere; and almost invariably it is those weekends that she suggests we go out for a meal. Doesn't she realize I can eat a sandwich at my laptop?  ::)  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Saturday 20 February 16 20:58 GMT (UK)
You'll be back, firing on all cylinders before you know where you are - just get ONE tasty new bit of information, and it all flares up again.

I did have a quick peep at the Pollard line....   but the matches wouldn't strike,  (oh dear.... ..that is supposed to be a funny play on words...  :-X :-\ ;D ;D ;D ;D)

xin
I think that's what you call striking out......
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Saturday 20 February 16 20:59 GMT (UK)

When you look forward to the "freebie" weekends so you can check your research (subs too costly from this side) and then spend the entire day trying to sort out one branch til you totally confuse yourself even when you write it down. :o ;D

(OH and son have cheek to interrupt to ask for food etc ::))

And that's when my wife wants to go out and buy something for the house or garden, or suggests a daytrip somewhere; and almost invariably it is those weekends that she suggests we go out for a meal. Doesn't she realize I can eat a sandwich at my laptop?  ::)  ;D ;D ;D

My thoughts exactly, whats wrong with peanut butter and jam sandwiches (about the extent of OH's culinary skills) and coffee (instant).  At least there is a cricket match tomorrow to keep them occupied. ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Saturday 20 February 16 21:00 GMT (UK)
You'll be back, firing on all cylinders before you know where you are - just get ONE tasty new bit of information, and it all flares up again.

I did have a quick peep at the Pollard line....   but the matches wouldn't strike,  (oh dear.... ..that is supposed to be a funny play on words...  :-X :-\ ;D ;D ;D ;D)

xin
I think that's what you call striking out......

these are getting worse by the post.... ::) ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Saturday 20 February 16 21:08 GMT (UK)
Can't you take any more PUN-ishmnet, 3SD?
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Saturday 20 February 16 21:11 GMT (UK)


aaagghhh ;D ;D ;D


(My brain is too fried to even think of a response to that and it's getting late ;D ;D)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Saturday 20 February 16 21:19 GMT (UK)
It's early Sunday morning here......
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Saturday 20 February 16 21:24 GMT (UK)

Late Saturday night here.   You guys down under are all bright eyed and full of beans....
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Sunday 21 February 16 15:45 GMT (UK)
Shall we throw a bucket of very cold water one that punnery punishment?
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Sunday 21 February 16 15:50 GMT (UK)

They were rather bad weren't they, but still made me snigger.... ::) ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Sunday 21 February 16 18:13 GMT (UK)
Plenty more where they cam from.....  ;D

And you know you're addicted when you keep coming back to this thread.

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Sunday 21 February 16 18:16 GMT (UK)
ssshhh
nothing flickering


brain at rest


xin

Wybra Cooke Anstey Leics 1600's  - rest awhile longer please  :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Sunday 21 February 16 18:25 GMT (UK)
I'm trying very hard to get my brain going, Xinia. Up early this morning as my wife had overtime.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Monday 29 February 16 16:37 GMT (UK)
You even trace family trees (well the basic info, not buy certs or anything) of TV stars or other famous people etc, if they were on WDYTYA or from biographical info on their parents online. Ie Ross Kemp, who I met once, has Norfolk parents but has a great grandad who came from London and his mum from Oxford. He was fostered to a Norwich family as he was a baseborn child. So Ross has ancestors from Cambridge's rival city like I do.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: IgorStrav on Monday 29 February 16 16:41 GMT (UK)
You even trace family trees (well the basic info, not buy certs or anything) of TV stars or other famous people etc, if they were on WDYTYA or from biographical info on their parents online. Ie Ross Kemp, who I met once, has Norfolk parents but has a great grandad who came from London and his mum from Oxford. He was fostered to a Norwich family as he was a baseborn child. So Ross has ancestors from Cambridge's rival city like I do.

I did a family tree for a family from a BOOK (they were actual people), had it on A*** as private tree so I could do the census look-ups, and someone contacted me to ask how I was connected  :o :o :o
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Friday 08 April 16 23:08 BST (UK)
Reviving this thread, you know you are addicted when you click on a post on Rootschat when you see a surname or place from your tree. Just in case.....  ::)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Friday 08 April 16 23:20 BST (UK)
YES PF!!   And when you look at the surnames under members posts, and send people PM's when one of your own names shows up!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Friday 08 April 16 23:37 BST (UK)
Me too, Jeanne. Unfortunately with no success yet.  :(
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Friday 08 April 16 23:52 BST (UK)
Nor me 😰

I also put surnames and/or place names into the wee Rootschat search box- usually only found my own posts!  😄

Have occasionally found someone researching the same family name, but usually a different branch, and nothing comes of it!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Saturday 09 April 16 00:26 BST (UK)
I'm not even that lucky!
I'm not sure I want to find other researchers though, because I have had trouble in the past with someone who had an extensive tree with "links" to mine. However, I had looked at the original PR's and found that their link was wrong with a juvenile death. This hasn't stopped them spreading this error across the net, with others obviously copying their tree.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Saturday 09 April 16 00:46 BST (UK)
That's a real hard one isn't it - I suppose the only consolation is that it's not your tree they're copying!  But is still very annoying when you see something in print about your family that you know is absolutely not correct, and you the have documentation to prove it!

I got really annoyed about one like that, until I realised that I had in earlier years, been convinced that I was on the right trail with that same person.  It wasn't until more experience and further research gave me more evidence on that family, that I changed tack!

Isn't it amazing though how one little something passed down, or a wrong entry taken as gospel by another, can really mess things up!

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pinefamily on Saturday 09 April 16 01:45 BST (UK)
And this one wasn't even part of the green leaf brigade, at least not to start with. I see plenty of trees on Ancestry now that have the same mistake. I am confident in my findings, but if I were ever proven wrong with this, or any other piece of research, I am big enough to admit it.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Saturday 09 April 16 08:00 BST (UK)
Reviving this thread, you know you are addicted when you click on a post on Rootschat when you see a surname or place from your tree. Just in case.....  ::)

So true, guilty as charged....... ::) ::) ;D ;D

It is easy to follow a wrong lead, especially with similar names and surnames and childrens names popping up.  The same family can have parents and children that seem to "fit".  Check and double check don't just accept  ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Saturday 09 April 16 14:32 BST (UK)
You get a car insurance renewal form through the post and find that is second best and much less important to a birth cert you are anxiously awaiting for.

You get annoyed intensely by glaring errors in Anc trees. People born to parents who totally different surnames and maiden names, or to parents who died 100 years before.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Saturday 09 April 16 14:34 BST (UK)
When you get notified of a hint and find it referring to your own tree on another site ::) ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jennywren001 on Saturday 09 April 16 15:12 BST (UK)
When you're doing a course on Futurelearn and you've worked out the ancestry of Chris's 'Maria' just because she came from Dundee!  :-[
Jen
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Saturday 09 April 16 19:14 BST (UK)
You type in a surname into a new search database for a certain surname and only get results from a family of that surname you have come across many times before and have no known connection to.

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Guy Etchells on Saturday 09 April 16 20:03 BST (UK)
I Googled addiction and found-

"Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, ..."

As I do not ingest genealogy I can rule that part out which just leaves the "engages in..."

Now as I have never know life without family history (it formed part of my education and development as an infant) it cannot interfer with ordinary life, therefore I can confidentially state I am not addicted to genealogy it is simply part of my ordinary life and responsibilities.

 8) 8) 8)

Cheers
Guy
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Saturday 09 April 16 20:26 BST (UK)


Well put Guy, now if we can just convince the non-genealogists ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Sunday 10 April 16 00:59 BST (UK)
You know you're addicted to genealogy when Rootschat is your "go to" website, morning noon and the middle of the night! 
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Deirdre784 on Sunday 10 April 16 04:41 BST (UK)
You know you're addicted to genealogy when Rootschat is your "go to" website, morning noon and the middle of the night!

Yes :) 4:40 in the uk and i saw a message on my phone about new posts so had to catch up !!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: clairec666 on Sunday 10 April 16 10:39 BST (UK)
I also put surnames and/or place names into the wee Rootschat search box- usually only found my own posts!

Me too.... I get excited that some results have shown up, then realise it was me ;D

In other news, I've spent my week off work writing some extra code for my self-written family tree programme so that it accepts entries from the 1939 register. I've not been out much.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Monday 18 July 16 18:32 BST (UK)
Thought I would add a few more symptoms of "Genealogyitus".

You see a surname of a news reporter on TV or someone being interviewed and the surname sounds like a surname you are researching and think "You have just given me another spelling variant I had not though of before".

On trips out when doing the travelling you think "What registration district am I in now"?

At a RO you make the archivist break out in a sweat with endless requests for original documents.

You research the dead, and forget the living. And get demands from family saying "Where is my cup of tea"? You feel like jokingly saying "I have ancestors to research".
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: lizdb on Thursday 21 July 16 17:24 BST (UK)


On trips out when doing the travelling you think "What registration district am I in now"?


I So do that!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Thursday 21 July 16 17:29 BST (UK)
This posted on my FB page today.  It so looks like my download folder ;D ;D

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: ..claire.. on Thursday 21 July 16 17:43 BST (UK)

I suspect it looks like all our download folders ;D

That's very good  :) :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: BumbleB on Thursday 21 July 16 17:54 BST (UK)
Yes, my download folder looks just like that, but then I have at least 16 other folders with a similar set up (though some maybe not so large) - main folder then baptisms, marriages and burials as sub-folders for each of my four major lines.  Then there's my Missionary folder containing at least 200 images of his letters back to London  :o  Oh sh..  ::)  And then my folder for look-ups for other people, including at least 70 wills for one person.  Aaaaaargh!!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Thursday 21 July 16 18:10 BST (UK)

My download folder may look a lot like that, but I also have a whole folder with sub-folders and the Gedcoms for my trees on my Google Drive,(in case of hard drive failure on my pc it's happened before :-\ ;D)

and she whispers to BB that she also has a dedicated folder of other people's lookups that I have done over the years... ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: BumbleB on Thursday 21 July 16 18:22 BST (UK)
Well, I just look on it as my having a back-up if their computer fails  ;D  I have no intention whatsoever to offer that information to others.  The missionary files are shared with my friend in South Africa (she paid), the wills were obtained at my local records office for a lady who paid for my photographic licence - there is no way that I would share that information with others.

And I'm sure I did ask you, 3sd, if I could forward the information you obtained for me on behalf of another  ;) ;)

Blimey - am I really that honest?  Yessssssssssssssssssssss  :)  I might have to have another glass!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Thursday 21 July 16 18:28 BST (UK)

Blimey - am I really that honest?  Yessssssssssssssssssssss  :)  I might have to have another glass!

You and me both, perhaps too honest...  ::) ;D
I'll join you in another glass!!! ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: BumbleB on Thursday 21 July 16 18:30 BST (UK)
Great, and not only that, we share the same name!!!   ;D ;D  Cheers!  :D :D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Guy Etchells on Friday 22 July 16 08:05 BST (UK)


Well put Guy, now if we can just convince the non-genealogists ;D ;D

On the other hand like all true addicts I may be in denial as I do of course ingest (absorb the information).
Only recovering addicts would actually admit their addiction. ;)

Cheers
Guy
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Friday 22 July 16 08:16 BST (UK)
This on my FB page the other day... ;D ;D Think it applies to most of us on here.... ;D

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: aghadowey on Friday 22 July 16 08:35 BST (UK)
You know you're addicted to Genealogy when .... you type the letters F-U-N into Google and the first site to come up is one for funeral notices that you check daily  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 22 July 16 12:10 BST (UK)
You check Anc, FamilySearch and FreeReg almost daily for new records. And always get excited about FindMyPast Fridays.

You find a new surname in your direct line family tree and think "That makes me a Kemp" or "That makes me a Smith".
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pharmaT on Friday 22 July 16 16:30 BST (UK)
Thought I would add a few more symptoms of "Genealogyitus".

You see a surname of a news reporter on TV or someone being interviewed and the surname sounds like a surname you are researching and think "You have just given me another spelling variant I had not though of before".

On trips out when doing the travelling you think "What registration district am I in now"?

At a RO you make the archivist break out in a sweat with endless requests for original documents.

You research the dead, and forget the living. And get demands from family saying "Where is my cup of tea"? You feel like jokingly saying "I have ancestors to research".

I only scored 3 on original list (although photos on my phone may cover the wallet one), would e an extra one but don't get a lunch break. But yes, yes, yes and yes to your list.  I also work with the public and when I see names I'm either "oh I wonder if they're related" or "oh wonder where that name comes from".  Internally in my head, I don't pester them or ever say out loud.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Saturday 23 July 16 17:12 BST (UK)
I always have internal thoughts about the surnames of friends and work colleagues and where the surname originates.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pharmaT on Saturday 23 July 16 17:36 BST (UK)
I always have internal thoughts about the surnames of friends and work colleagues and where the surname originates.

Glad it's not just me.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Saturday 23 July 16 17:42 BST (UK)
On a day trip to London you take about the 1000th photograph of the area your ancestors lived in from a coach or a car. Such as the church or street on the route you are going.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pharmaT on Saturday 23 July 16 17:45 BST (UK)
On a day trip to London you take about the 1000th photograph of the area your ancestors lived in from a coach or a car. Such as the church or street on the route you are going.

OH yes, I'm the driver I'm regularly asking hubby to photograph places.  :-[ ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Saturday 23 July 16 20:00 BST (UK)
Only recovering addicts would actually admit their addiction. ;)

I would disagree with that on the basis that it is ONLY addictions which are frowned upon such as Drugs, Alcohol, Cigs etc. where people would deny it although know within themselves they are addicted.

I'm addicted to Genealogy but I know it won't put Joe Soap off me so yes I admit it but others with addictions such as Drugs would not admit it for fear of being treated differently or even ignored.

(My personal view)  :P

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Saturday 23 July 16 20:04 BST (UK)
This posted on my FB page today.  It so looks like my download folder ;D ;D

3SD..............So it's you who has hacked into my comp  ::)  :P  ;D

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Monday 25 July 16 16:59 BST (UK)
You constantly walk to and from the microfilm and fiche machines, make them whir, and then have to sigh quietly when the one you want was rewound backwards, so that the scans are reading backwards, if you get my meaning. Some of the reels were rewound the wrong way.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Monday 25 July 16 17:08 BST (UK)
This posted on my FB page today.  It so looks like my download folder ;D ;D



3SD..............So it's you who has hacked into my comp  ::)  :P  ;D

Annie

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Monday 25 July 16 22:41 BST (UK)
You know your addicted when you come across someone with an accent from the area of your ancestors....ask them if that's a Newcastle (or whatever area) accent & when they say "yes"...you proceed to ask them if their surname is "whatever the surname is you're researching" & if they say "NO"...you ask if they know anyone by that surname in that area  ;D.........

The names in my tree must be unique as no-one from the mentioned areas has ever heard of any of my surnames  ::)

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Sinann on Tuesday 26 July 16 00:39 BST (UK)
You know your addicted when you come across someone with an accent from the area of your ancestors....ask them if that's a Newcastle (or whatever area) accent & when they say "yes"...you proceed to ask them if their surname is "whatever the surname is you're researching" & if they say "NO"...you ask if they know anyone by that surname in that area  ;D.........

The names in my tree must be unique as no-one from the mentioned areas has ever heard of any of my surnames  ::)

Annie
This happened to me years ago, with the man sitting next to me on a bus in Dublin, each time this man heard an accent from Kildare he asked the person if they knew where Blacktrench was, not only did I know the place he was trying to find but we were related, I got his address and sent him the details my mother supplied. Sadly I left his address in my wallet which was pinched a few months later, he had replied but hadn't put his address on the letter.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Tuesday 26 July 16 12:52 BST (UK)
Again, feeling like your life is over when you are back to square one after finding a very inconvenient burial or marriage of someone who you thought was an ancestor. You think he must be your rellie as he did not marry in the parish of baptism. You then hear alarm bells ringing when you find a marriage to a different spouse in another parish in the county, which is not your ancestral parish, and worry, you Google the parish, hoping it is the opposite end of the county but no, it is a neighbouring parish. Lt Joe Kenda, a American former cop says he hates coincidences. I so do as well, they do happen I know but they are so annoying. Kenda says he will not stop until a case is solved, and he must have the same mind as me, just mine is genealogy.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jbml on Saturday 30 July 16 09:41 BST (UK)
You know you're addicted to genealogy when the purpose of your visit to Cambridge is NOT to admire the colleges and their beautiful gardens, or to take a trip along the Backs or up to Grantchester through the meadows, but to climb Castle Hill ... and your reason for climbing Castle Hill is not to survey the vista of the city from the ancient Norman castle mound, but to descend into a cellar and pore over ancient, dusty tomes ...
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: patty38 on Saturday 30 July 16 21:04 BST (UK)
You hear a conversation about trees and assume its family trees, not the wood and leaf variety. Happened to me recently very embarrassing  ;D.

Patty
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: clairec666 on Sunday 31 July 16 09:07 BST (UK)
You hear a conversation about trees and assume its family trees, not the wood and leaf variety. Happened to me recently very embarrassing  ;D.

Patty

Even on this forum! Saw this thread recently, entitled "Can anyone identify this rapidly growing tree?"
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=752616.0 (http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=752616.0) ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: 3sillydogs on Sunday 31 July 16 12:06 BST (UK)
You hear a conversation about trees and assume its family trees, not the wood and leaf variety. Happened to me recently very embarrassing  ;D.

Patty

 ;D ;D ;D

Also checked out the RC one and found it was actually a tree tree... ::) ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: rayard on Sunday 31 July 16 13:25 BST (UK)
So did I!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Sunday 31 July 16 14:00 BST (UK)
You watch WDYTYA and a celeb has an ancestor from the same area as you and you think "Could we be related"???
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: KGarrad on Sunday 31 July 16 21:08 BST (UK)
You watch WDYTYA and a celeb has an ancestor from the same area as you and you think "Could we be related"???

Been there! And we are!!
Barbara Windsor is related to me; somehow!
We are both related to John Constable RA, and both have families emanating from Bures St Mary, Suffolk.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jbml on Sunday 31 July 16 21:29 BST (UK)
Barbara Windsor is related to me; somehow!

Well, work it out quick, while she's still alive.

Sir Donald Sinden was undoubtedly a reasonably close relative of mine (no more than fifth cousins, but probable a bit closer with a remove or two) ... but he went and died before I could tie it down exactly, didn't he!! Don't let Babs do the same to you.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Sunday 31 July 16 23:00 BST (UK)
I could be related to Babs Windsor, her Deeks line vanish from Bures before 1726 and allegedly originate in Glemsford where my Deeks came from. Need to try and confirm this for sure.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: KGarrad on Monday 01 August 16 07:01 BST (UK)
I could be related to Babs Windsor, her Deeks line vanish from Bures before 1726 and allegedly originate in Glemsford where my Deeks came from. Need to try and confirm this for sure.

Barbara's 3rd Great Grandfather was Golding Deeks, who was born in Bures in 1806.
The family had moved to Bethnal Green before 1834, when John Golding Deeks was born.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Clarkey500 on Monday 01 August 16 12:10 BST (UK)
You hear a conversation about trees and assume its family trees, not the wood and leaf variety. Happened to me recently very embarrassing  ;D.

Patty

 ;D ;D ;D

Also checked out the RC one and found it was actually a tree tree... ::) ;D ;D

So did I! I'm glad I wasn't the only one though!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 05 August 16 21:31 BST (UK)
You see the sign above pub doors of the surnames of the licensees and think I have that surname in my family tree".
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: JWebb89 on Friday 05 August 16 23:06 BST (UK)
I've only been at it a few weeks and I can relate!!  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: ..claire.. on Friday 05 August 16 23:49 BST (UK)

A few weeks ;D .... try twenty years ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Friday 05 August 16 23:53 BST (UK)
I've only been at it a few weeks and I can relate!!  ;D

Love the choice of your word RELATE,  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: JWebb89 on Saturday 06 August 16 00:03 BST (UK)
Haha  ;)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Saturday 06 August 16 00:11 BST (UK)
I've only been at it a few weeks and I can relate!!  ;D

Love the choice of your word RELATE,  ;D

That's when you know you're addicted Jeanne.....every word reverts back to Genealogy  ;D

Good pun JW  :P

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Saturday 06 August 16 03:50 BST (UK)
You're so right - That's twice for me today Ros.  I posted something about watching the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics over on the TOT - I posted that I would be watching the Opening CEMETERY

Duh!   ::)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Saturday 06 August 16 05:54 BST (UK)
You're so right - That's twice for me today Ros.  I posted something about watching the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics over on the TOT - I posted that I would be watching the Opening CEMETERY

Duh!   ::)

Love it  ;D

I've always said Genealogy can be fun & that's "dead"pan humour  ::)

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Saturday 06 August 16 06:19 BST (UK)
 ;D ;D ;D - your's is even better Annie!  It's clever!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Maiden Stone on Friday 02 December 16 15:26 GMT (UK)
When asked my DOB for a membership form I said it was 17something. Other person replied I looked very well for a double centenarian.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: artisann on Friday 02 December 16 16:14 GMT (UK)
  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: philipsearching on Friday 02 December 16 19:08 GMT (UK)
You know you're addicted to genealogy when.....

you are googling, you see a website advertising Russian brides - and your first thought is: "I wonder if they have a marriage record for seaman John Smith who is on the 1881 census with wife Irena born in Russia"  ???
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Thursday 15 December 16 22:29 GMT (UK)
Having an episode of Inspector Morse on TV in the background and he says lots of Quakers were called "Endeavour" "Patience" or "Hope" and you think "I had an ancestor called Patience Brown, maybe she was a Quaker".

You are engrossed in finding out the baptism of someone who died 300 years ago that you forget to cook the dinner for the family who are shouting"Where is my dinner????".
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: bikermickau on Friday 16 December 16 09:03 GMT (UK)
When visiting Edinburgh on holidays the highlight is the scotlandspeople centre.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: suey on Friday 16 December 16 09:15 GMT (UK)

When you can remember dozens of your ancestors birth years but not your own husbands :-[ ::)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Friday 16 December 16 12:25 GMT (UK)
Quote
You are engrossed in finding out the baptism of someone who died 300 years ago that you forget to cook the dinner for the family who are shouting"Where is my dinner????".

Why aren't they cooking their own dinner?  ::) ::)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: kooky on Friday 16 December 16 14:09 GMT (UK)
You are watching WDYTYA and you have the 1861 census ready before it is mentioned! ???
Kooky
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Thursday 22 December 16 14:12 GMT (UK)
My saying is

Research the dead. Forget the living.

You type Mayhew instead of mayhem. Mayhew is a family name of mine.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Thursday 22 December 16 15:48 GMT (UK)
You're researching the parents and siblings of your 3 x g.g.uncle's 2nd wife because you can't break down your own brick wall.  :D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: aghadowey on Thursday 22 December 16 20:20 GMT (UK)
Sounds perfectly normal to me, Lizzie, but then I've just finished researching family trees for my third cousin's husband and his second wife  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Maiden Stone on Thursday 22 December 16 22:09 GMT (UK)
You're more interested in the grandparents & great-grandparents of someone you know  than in their children or grandchildren.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Thursday 22 December 16 22:36 GMT (UK)
Sounds perfectly normal to me, Lizzie, but then I've just finished researching family trees for my third cousin's husband and his second wife  ;D

Normal for family history addicts!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Treetotal on Thursday 22 December 16 22:44 GMT (UK)
You quiz someone about their Family line when their surname is one that you have researched in your own family history.
Carol
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Renatha on Friday 23 December 16 09:00 GMT (UK)
You prefer the company of 500 years of dead relatives to the current living ones  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: rayard on Friday 23 December 16 11:24 GMT (UK)
When there are more photos of gravestones on the computer than there are of the grandchildren!
(I keep being told "Yes we will send some"!)
rayard.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: lizdb on Friday 23 December 16 12:38 GMT (UK)
When you start your Christmas Newsletter with
"There are no Births, Marriages or Deaths to report this year ..."
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 23 December 16 15:27 GMT (UK)
You even research the basic details of the ancestry of celebs, esp the WDYTYA ones, on lines not researched in the show.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Redroger on Friday 23 December 16 21:12 GMT (UK)
You're researching the parents and siblings of your 3 x g.g.uncle's 2nd wife because you can't break down your own brick wall.  :D
know the feeling,over 20 years now
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: clairec666 on Saturday 24 December 16 07:43 GMT (UK)
While watching the news...
Family member: "That lady's got an unusual surname."
Me: "It's more common in Kent."
Confused looks all round.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pharmaT on Wednesday 28 December 16 10:26 GMT (UK)
While watching the news...
Family member: "That lady's got an unusual surname."
Me: "It's more common in Kent."
Confused looks all round.

 ;D A colleague was telling me about the birth of a baby and commented that he had a very unusual name.  I said actually it has been very popular around here since 1840 when x and y called their son that.  I haven't used the name to protect privacy of the baby and colleague.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Thursday 29 December 16 11:32 GMT (UK)
When your elderly mother refuses your offer of buying her a DNA test



And you wonder if you can be there early enough to take a scrape before the undertaker gets there

 :-[ :'(
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: CarolA3 on Thursday 29 December 16 14:44 GMT (UK)
Oooh David, you bad man ................... although if I'd been in the same country as my mother when she died, who knows?!

Back in the real world, I'm a big fan of the TV show QI and since discovering the name FRY on both sides of my family I've been trying to resist checking out Stephen Fry's ancestry.  Is that a sign of addiction or would it count as stalking :-\

(I know he was 'done' on WDYTYA but wasn't that mostly about his mother's family?)

Carol
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: clairec666 on Thursday 29 December 16 19:08 GMT (UK)
You'll find a lot of us have done that, Carol. I got rather excited when the name Izzard popped up on my tree, but alas, no connection. Barbara Windsor is my current target. :)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Thursday 29 December 16 19:12 GMT (UK)
You'll find a lot of us have done that, Carol. I got rather excited when the name Izzard popped up on my tree, but alas, no connection. Barbara Windsor is my current target. :)

And mine, thank to our mutual Lucking, Otley and Deeks rellies. I traced our Deeks line to Isaac Deeks born c1675 who wed in Glemsford, and Babs Windsor's Bures Deeks seem to not appear prior to the 1730s in their registers.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: KGarrad on Thursday 29 December 16 19:29 GMT (UK)
You'll find a lot of us have done that, Carol. I got rather excited when the name Izzard popped up on my tree, but alas, no connection. Barbara Windsor is my current target. :)

She's connected to my tree, too!
We are both related to John Constable; and my family were in Bures St Mary for many years.
The community centre there even has a "Garrad Room" ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: clairec666 on Thursday 29 December 16 20:52 GMT (UK)
Judging on similar rootschat posts, I reckon Barbara Windsor is the most "linked-in" person with rootschat members.

Coombs - if Suffolk parish records come online this year we can have a race to see who can find the Babs connection first!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Saturday 31 December 16 19:39 GMT (UK)
With info given on Jezza Clarkson's WDYTYA you go further into his family on Ancestry and find out that his paternal grandfather Robert Ward's paternal gran Mary Ann Mack (mother of William James Ward, Robert's father, born in Leeds in 1867) was indeed from a county that Jeremy has criticised a lot, Norfolk.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: clairec666 on Monday 02 January 17 09:55 GMT (UK)
Maybe he's got Mexican ancestry too ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: ev on Monday 02 January 17 11:56 GMT (UK)
You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....

You tell your partner that you'll have to get a bus certificate......

....... bus ticket   :-[



ev
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: BettyofKent on Monday 02 January 17 21:01 GMT (UK)
...you spend New Year's Eve sorting out grave photos & transcribing headstones for upload to findagrave, I found it quite relaxing ;D  & you are quite happy to walk around a cemetery on Christmas Day & Boxing day.
Admittedly this wasn't planned, a friend was taken into hospital Christmas Eve morning, & I've been helping to care for her dogs since then, including walking one of them every morning. She loves the cemetery with its squirrels & rabbits, & I was glad of the excuse to wander round, so we were both happy.
Dog walking, gravestones to read, weather dry, sunny & cold, what's not to love ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Wednesday 04 January 17 03:30 GMT (UK)
You tell your partner that you'll have to get a bus certificate......

....... bus ticket   :-[

 ;D It's the Terminology..........sorry Terminus  :)

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Wednesday 04 January 17 03:35 GMT (UK)
When you spend hours trawling IGI with middle names trying to link them to surnames to find parents who are not known on death certs.

Finding 'possible' matches for the surnames but none of the forenames match the grandchildrens names  ::)

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Wednesday 04 January 17 13:38 GMT (UK)
Or when you eagerly await the end of the dragged out holiday period so Ancestry staff can get back to work and put more records online.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: aghadowey on Sunday 08 January 17 12:52 GMT (UK)
... someone asks you for directions to a house in the area and you can reel off previous occupations from census records but not the name of the people who actually live there now!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: myluck! on Sunday 08 January 17 14:57 GMT (UK)
... someone asks you for directions to a house in the area and you can reel off previous occupations from census records but not the name of the people who actually live there now!

I thought that's was just being Irish!
It aggravates my OH no end that we live in "Sweeneys' house" needless to say we are not the Sweeneys!
Half of Dublin is known by who lived where rather than the street names and familiarity now has assigned those names to places e.g. Leonard's Corner, Doyle's Corner, etc.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Maiden Stone on Sunday 08 January 17 15:55 GMT (UK)
 Watching " To Walk Invisible", a drama about the Bronte family of Haworth, your 1st thought after it's finished is " must look them up on 1841 & 51 Census".
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: tillypeg on Thursday 23 February 17 21:54 GMT (UK)
You spend the whole afternoon and evening looking through a pile of 10 year old "Your Family Tree" mags, (intending to de-clutter the lot) trying to complete the half-done genealogy crosswords and wondering if the brickwalls mentioned in the readers' letters have finally been knocked down! 
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Friday 24 February 17 21:22 GMT (UK)
So addicted that you find out some London Transport Records have been put on Ancestry but get the annoying "Please search Again" error message, and treat it as if it is a tragedy, the fact you are deprived of potential info on your ancestors.  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Saturday 14 October 17 23:05 BST (UK)
When you dream the answer to a query you've been helping with & it's clear as day (it woke me up) although I went back to sleep yet have no memory of the answer next morning  :-\

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Sunday 15 October 17 16:46 BST (UK)
You're looking for your 2 x g.g.aunt (who never married) on the 1891 census and find she is living with a son Edward (your 1st cousin 3 times removed) in Essex that you didn't know existed.  So you go backwards and find his baptism (in Halesworth, Suffolk) which shows a middle name obviously a surname, so you look for a man with the same name in the area they were living to see if there is anyone who could be his father (there was a single man who is a possiblity but no proof of course). You find Edward in 1851 and 1861 lodging with a family near his birth place.  In 1861 his mother was living in IOW and working for a Major in the Artillery) and you find he enlisted in the Royal Artillery in 1867 aged 18.  Perhaps his mother's employer had something to do with this. 

You don't find him again until 1881 when he was living in Woolwich (a sergeant in the Royal Artillery) with a wife born in Govan and a son born in Limerick in 1877.   So you look for the child's birth (your 2nd cousin twice removed) and Edward and his wife's marriage (in Limerick).  You find them again in 1891, Edward now a grocer, but there are Pension Permission/Examination records for him in 1889 (full records on Ancestry's Fold3 - no I didn't subscribed to that!).  As you can't find him in 1901 even though you've found his wife who says she's married, you look for his death which you find in 1902 - so where was he in 1901?  Then because you are still curious you look for his son in 1939 where he is living with a wife and 2 children, plus 1 redacted (these are your 3rd cousins once removed) - so what do you do next?  Yes you look for the birth of the redacted child, turns out to be a girl, so you look for her husband and then you look for her death to see if she should be unredacted.

Meanwhile on all the census from 1891 there is a child living in Edward's household who is shown as a niece aged 3,  she is still there in 1901 with Edward's wife and son aged 13 still called niece, and she is still there in 1911 with Edward's wife and son still called niece.  The interesting thing is she has as her middle name the surname of my 2 x g.g.aunt and offspring, therefore, so you decide to look for her birth on Scotlandspeople to see if there is a clue as to why she has the family surname as her middle name.  There is no reason, her father was a policeman and married her mother in Portsmouth.  The mother didn't even have the same maiden name as Edward's wife, and neither her maiden name or married name was the same, so where the "niece" relationship came from I have no idea.

Is that enough, obviously not.  In 1911 still with Edward's wife and son, there are 2 young children listed as visitors, one born in Edmonton, the other her brother born in Ipswich, Suffolk so you have to look for their births don't you?  As expected both have a - shown instead of mother's surname.  In 1911 you look for an adult with the same name as the little girl and, guess what, you find one living and working as a servant in the same area as the family is living.  So are these Edward jnr's children or just random children?  Certainly the name of the daughter and the woman with the same name, is not the same as his wife in 1939.

I'm giving up on this family now, it has got totally out of hand.  ::) ::)

ps.  Edward's son, also called Edward joined the Royal Artillery like his father but no, I haven't looked for his records.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Sunday 15 October 17 17:29 BST (UK)
Meanwhile on all the census from 1891 there is a child living in Edward's household who is shown as a niece aged 3,  she is still there in 1901 with Edward's wife and son aged 13 still called niece, and she is still there in 1911 with Edward's wife and son still called niece.  The interesting thing is she has as her middle name the surname of my 2 x g.g.aunt and offspring, therefore, so you decide to look for her birth on Scotlandspeople to see if there is a clue as to why she has the family surname as her middle name.  There is no reason, her father was a policeman and married her mother in Portsmouth.  The mother didn't even have the same maiden name as Edward's wife, and neither her maiden name or married name was the same, so where the "niece" relationship came from I have no idea.

Lizzie...

I don't envy you researching that family (been there) with the headaches of peering/pouring over dates/ages/census' etc. with 1 of my own (eventually cracked it though)!  ;D

Surely the niece has to be a child of a sibling of Edward & possibly another you didn't/don't know about  :-\

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Sunday 15 October 17 19:34 BST (UK)
The niece was born in Scotland in 1887 her parents Robert and Emma.  The full details are available on Scotlandspeople.  Unfortunately, Emma died in 1890 from Bronchitis, leaving Robert with two sons aged about 10 and 8 at the time.  He was a police constable but by 1891 he was working on the docks. Presumably this is why he sent his daughter to England to live with her aunt as he wouldn't be able to look after a little girl as well as his two sons.  I can't find any connection between Robert, Emma, Edward or his wife Margaret.  Unless Margaret had been previously married and Emma and Margaret are sisters.  This still doesn't explain why the little girl had Edward's surname as her middle name.  Edward is my 1st cousin 3 times removed, so there's little point in researching further.  It's just that when I get started on something I tend to move sideways too.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Sunday 15 October 17 23:12 BST (UK)
You spend a whole day (today) sifting through online Co Durham records such as the online wills and FS PR's and Durham Records online. At least they are online but I do find my Durham ancestors can be elusive before the 1770s. They seemed to have common surnames like Richardson, Wilson, Forster and Hodgson as well. Yet my Stewart and Mason line can be traced to Scotland and Cumberland respectively. Only Musgrave and Lowther seem less common in my Durham lot. Wales is a place where there are less unique surnames and many seem to be Williams, Jones, Roberts etc and Co Durham seems the same with Hodgson, Wilson, Robson, Foster, Richardson.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: xinia on Monday 16 October 17 11:50 BST (UK)
'you live - breathe and eat - dead rellies :)

Some days I have a fantastically interesting search and others totally straight forward...
One or two of interest here and there..

I touch branches and know I shouldn't cos they are 10th cousins 20 times removed.. etc.. oh dear.....

I just research these people and do not add them to my tree. 



It is great to find the names of babies that have previously just been marked in 1911 as 6 born 3 died... and it is also wonderful to put a bit of meat on the bones... Regarding No known father... some of my close cousins, will not accept that their great Gran had 4 children and no named father.. they have added different fathers.  I have their birth certs !  which I have offered or even given them a copy??? ah well..

Just the other day I found a lovely little piece in the newspapers regarding a rellie, being fined for showing a light during the blackout.. (thats meat :) :) ) it shows he was apologetic and it was of course his wifes fault.

I then found a total tragedy -- but at the same time a concerning piece regarding one of my Argyle children, who died in a playground accident - age 3 -  It seems 100's of children were allowed to play in the park and so he was too - these little vagabonds, seemingly liked to throw stones at the horses that were let out into the park !!!! and one decided to kick Thomas in the head.... So sad and silly that he was allowed out to play aged 3, no doubt he was under the 'care' of his older sibling / s of which he had many.

I could go on... I am totally addicted absolutely  -- shame on me :) !!!
Xin
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: cristeen on Monday 16 October 17 15:23 BST (UK)
You cry (with joy) when a distant rellie sends a photo of your 4xG grandfather  ;D You cry more (with frustration) when you still cannot find a record of his father's birth  :'(
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lensmeister on Monday 16 October 17 15:42 BST (UK)
You write todays date as 16/10/1881
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Tuesday 17 October 17 01:40 BST (UK)
 ;D ;D   ;D. Been there, done that Lensmeister!  Many times! 👍👍
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Tuesday 17 October 17 02:26 BST (UK)
Ehh...

When you can reel off the birth dates of ancestors & forget the dates of the living births  ::)  ;D

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: DavidG02 on Tuesday 17 October 17 13:32 BST (UK)
You are helping a large organisation  find dead footballers DOB and DODs while your family is on the backburner, but still look at ALL the other names in the Death Notices hoping to find a connection
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Redroger on Wednesday 18 October 17 20:37 BST (UK)
Been there myself Lizzie, usually with my father's ancestors. Still haven't confirmed the identity of my 2Xg grandfather's parents, only been at it 22 years now, and the funny thing is I got back to him in the first 3 months!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: sharonmx5 on Wednesday 18 October 17 21:10 BST (UK)
...After watching the Poldark series on TV you buy the first of the books in order to find out more about the history of the Poldark family. A fictitious family!  :o ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Wednesday 18 October 17 22:17 BST (UK)
Been there done that Sharon with fictional characters ancestries. Esp if played by real people.

You even envisage the ancestors of characters in EastEnders and that many of them came from East Anglia due to there being huge migration in real life to London from East Anglia. Even the Branning family seems to have a Suffolk name. And Phil Mitchell once had an old map of Suffolk on his wall and I thought he must have Suffolk ancestors. God my genealogy hobby even extending to soaps, it shows how addicted I am.

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Maiden Stone on Thursday 19 October 17 00:21 BST (UK)
...After watching the Poldark series on TV you buy the first of the books in order to find out more about the history of the Poldark family. A fictitious family!  :o ;D
Even the name was made up. It was supposed to be Norman-French. And why did a family who had lived in Cornwall for hundreds of years call their son & heir after a Scottish county? Aunt Agatha was the family historian. She reeled off the Poldark pedigree to Demelza, accompanied by anecdotes on D's first visit to Trenwith. Agatha got her own age wrong though.
I read tombstone inscriptions on TV dramas.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stonechat on Thursday 19 October 17 11:41 BST (UK)
Also you look up people you or your wife used to know to if they married or died
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Lensmeister on Thursday 19 October 17 12:21 BST (UK)
You are helping a large organisation  find dead footballers DOB and DODs while your family is on the backburner, but still look at ALL the other names in the Death Notices hoping to find a connection

I have a few Whitby players you can find mate :) LOL
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Monday 23 October 17 21:34 BST (UK)
You have to tell a relative that white Americans are not an ethnicity. Hilary Clinton was on The One Show and her DNA was said to be mainly English and Welsh. A rellie said "I bet she was thinking she thought she was supposed to be an American". I told her that white Americans are European in ancestry. Elvis' dad Vernon Presley was being interviewed once in 1956 when his son was by then really famous and Vernon and was told he had an old English name and he was surprised. He said "I never heard tell of any of my kinfolk coming over from anywhere. It seems we have always been here in America" He then said "Then again the English connection must have been a long way back". Some people do forget their roots. Babs Windsor was shocked when she found a Suffolk link in her East End ancestry. London was a honeypot for tens and tens of thousands of East Anglians once.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: pharmaT on Tuesday 24 October 17 08:58 BST (UK)
You have to tell a relative that white Americans are not an ethnicity. Hilary Clinton was on The One Show and her DNA was said to be mainly English and Welsh. A rellie said "I bet she was thinking she thought she was supposed to be an American". I told her that white Americans are European in ancestry. Elvis' dad Vernon Presley was being interviewed once in 1956 when his son was by then really famous and Vernon and was told he had an old English name and he was surprised. He said "I never heard tell of any of my kinfolk coming over from anywhere. It seems we have always been here in America" He then said "Then again the English connection must have been a long way back". Some people do forget their roots. Babs Windsor was shocked when she found a Suffolk link in her East End ancestry. London was a honeypot for tens and tens of thousands of East Anglians once.

I have to say I was surprised by just how many different places my ancestors came from.  I had known that my 2 grandfathers came from very different places before I started but I now seem to have covered most counties in Scotland and with the other half of my daughters tree a good number of English counties too.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Yonks Ago on Tuesday 24 October 17 09:06 BST (UK)
sorry nothing to do with the "topic"


But!...someone may get a giggle

According to a report in Extra TV, genealogy experts say Donald Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton — the front-runners for the Republican and Democratic presidential nomination — share a common ancestor from England 18 generations ago.

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LizzieW on Tuesday 24 October 17 09:09 BST (UK)
I would think many Americans share a common ancestor from England.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Yonks Ago on Tuesday 24 October 17 09:13 BST (UK)
You know your addiicted to Genealogy

When you stand at your Great Grandfathers Grave and promise him a beer..if he will tell you where his Father is buried..

I may never find where my GG Grandfather is buried..but hope that DNA will help

Yonks
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: myluck! on Tuesday 24 October 17 09:41 BST (UK)
maybe Yonks Ago if you bring him a beer he'll tell you!!!

You know you're addicted when your 9-5 job is nothing to do with genealogy but your colleagues give you genealogy queries from their friends and relatives!!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Yonks Ago on Tuesday 24 October 17 10:11 BST (UK)
My Luck,

knowing my mob..he will take the beer..and then not tell you

Yonks
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: myluck! on Tuesday 24 October 17 11:08 BST (UK)
Truth serum - just saying...
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: centrehalf on Tuesday 24 October 17 14:11 BST (UK)
you should stop .... even though there is nothing else to find.

I am only interested in going back to all great great grandparents. There are only 7 great grandparents - one is unknown because of illegitimacy.

I found all birth, marriage, death info and all census entries for each. Nothing further to find methinks. All ordinary hard working families. Time to stop.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: stonechat on Tuesday 24 October 17 14:52 BST (UK)
No you're missing out on so much
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Tuesday 24 October 17 15:07 BST (UK)
Keep going! don't stop! Look at siblings, and marry-ins. It's illegal to stop - isn't it?
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: a-l on Tuesday 24 October 17 17:25 BST (UK)
Never heard of stopping before  :o
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: centrehalf on Tuesday 24 October 17 18:18 BST (UK)
when I said stopping I mean't stopping because there is nothing further to find out about an ancestor
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: AnneMc on Tuesday 24 October 17 18:43 BST (UK)
When you go to visit hubby's family and your sister in law gives up all of their mums old family pictures and say's asked everyone in the family who should have them and very one said give them to Anne as she if the family history person in the family..

Soon as I got them I was sitting on the couch and going through them and hubbys will we have lost her now she will be looking at them for hours lol...

Cheers

Anne
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Bearnan on Tuesday 24 October 17 19:06 BST (UK)
When you go with your sister and cousin to Birmingham Central Library to look at inquest papers and are virtually in tears as to what happened to your 3 x great grandparents. When you are full of rage when you read that your great great grandfather was thrown into a police cell because a policeman thought he was drunk in the street, he was not drunk he'd had a stroke. The poor mans last hours spent in a cell until they finally sent him to hospital , his pregnant wife at home...........   I wanted to shout outside ' he wasn't b****y drunk' .  Talk about stirring up emotions all these years later.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Maiden Stone on Tuesday 24 October 17 19:08 BST (UK)
you should stop .... even though there is nothing else to find.

I am only interested in going back to all great great grandparents. There are only 7 great grandparents - one is unknown because of illegitimacy.

I found all birth, marriage, death info and all census entries for each. Nothing further to find methinks. All ordinary hard working families. Time to stop.

If I'd stopped at 2x great grandparents I would have missed most of  the interesting ones. My various ordinary working-class 2x GGs had: a 1st cousin who was a high-up cleric and composer whose numerous acquaintances included a duke and a famous architect; same family had titled godparents 3 generations earlier; a father who made 2 appearances before Quarter Sessions in 2 years in his youth; a bankrupt uncle, or maybe more than 1, which might explain how they became working-class; a trade-unionist father at a time when union activities could land a man in prison - he featured in 2 court cases and a report of a meeting to which a certain Karl Marx sent words of encouragement; fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers who were eligible to vote, long before the majority of their contemporaries could, even though some were working men (1780s poll-book entry for one survived); ancestors who left wills, some with inventories.
I see my ancestors as a microcosm of 400 years of British & Irish history. Events have impacted their lives from the Reformation to World War Two. Some have helped shape events. Some have been on opposing sides in conflicts, leading to repercussions for later generations. 
I do, however have some not very interesting ancestors with names to match (Davies and Jones). I haven't investigated beyond 3x great-grandparents around 1800.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Tuesday 24 October 17 20:04 BST (UK)
You go to your local city for a day shopping with rellies, and plan to separate for a few hours but rather than shop you want to go to the city record office to continue researching the ancestors from the county you live in.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: LMFAO on Tuesday 24 October 17 20:58 BST (UK)
Every year we go go to Cornwall for our holidays . My husband thinks this is just because I love it there so much but he never questions why we have to have to stop off ( for a coffee)  at a different place each time on the way ie  Wareham Dorchester Beaminster Netherby Bridport..... all places where my ancestors came from. And why I always have to have a quick look round the cemetery!!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: suey on Tuesday 24 October 17 21:53 BST (UK)

You replied to this thread way back in 2007 and your profile says you were online yesterday  ;D

We have come a long way though since the early days, so many records online now is there any need for the note on the door asking the postman to please not bend any A4 envelopes from Southport?   ??? And is my microfiche reader now obsolete ?
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Westoe on Wednesday 25 October 17 07:39 BST (UK)
We have come a long way though since the early days, so many records online now is there any need for the note on the door asking the postman to please not bend any A4 envelopes from Southport?   ??? And is my microfiche reader now obsolete ?

Suey, if you think it is obsolete now, can I have first dibs on buying it - grin?

Cheers,
Westoe
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: a-l on Wednesday 25 October 17 11:31 BST (UK)
When you find that you have absolutely nothing else to talk about  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: suey on Wednesday 25 October 17 19:18 BST (UK)
We have come a long way though since the early days, so many records online now is there any need for the note on the door asking the postman to please not bend any A4 envelopes from Southport?   ??? And is my microfiche reader now obsolete ?

Suey, if you think it is obsolete now, can I have first dibs on buying it - grin?

Cheers,
Westoe

Hmmmm :-\  Think I'll just dust it off, plug it in and have one more go through all those fiche...but I'll put your name at the top of the list  ;D ;D

Watching Bargain Hunt, spotting a piece of silver with initials on it and matching them to an ancestor.     Now that is sad  ::)
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: g eli on Wednesday 25 October 17 22:10 BST (UK)
You are reading a fiction novel set in the 1800's and you wonder if you can find the protagonists in the census/
Liz
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Redroger on Thursday 26 October 17 13:24 BST (UK)
Is my Microfische reader obsolete? Certainly yes, but still essential, and for the same reason as my W10 computer still has a USB drive A to enable me to read ancient floppy disks. But I can't read the old 5 1/4" ones from the early days!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Berlin-Bob on Friday 27 October 17 07:44 BST (UK)
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But I can't read the old 5 1/4" ones from the early days!!

Some years ago at work I had a new computer for the office (for the first time without a 5¼" floppy drive), and I insisted on taking the 5¼" floppy drive out of my old computer and installing it in the new computer.

I then took all my old disks from home  into work with me and transferred everything from 5¼" to 3½" floppies.

And a few years later I had to transfer all the 3½" floppies to USB sticks when they stopped installing 3½" floppy drives !!

Bob
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: Rosinish on Sunday 29 October 17 01:37 BST (UK)
When you're tired, not enough concentration for doing your own research as it does require a full head  ;D & rather than watch tv or read a book etc. you read through others threads on RC  ::), spot surnames in areas of your own interest, hope to find a link of some sort by chance i.e. still actually doing your own research inadvertently  ???

Annie
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: BattyB on Sunday 29 October 17 17:22 GMT (UK)
When your eyes ache from looking at a computer screen, your back aches even though it's a comfortable chair and you feel hungry only to find you've been in another world for five hours.  :o

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: BumbleB on Sunday 29 October 17 17:24 GMT (UK)
When your eyes ache from looking at a computer screen, your back aches even though it's a comfortable chair and you feel hungry only to find you've been in another world for five hours.  :o

Never, I don't believe it  :o  8)

Not sure if I've said this before:

My friend in South Africa says that her husband states that "she is the only person he knows who gets her "jollies" from wandering through graveyards."  Ermmmmmm!!!!
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: coombs on Saturday 04 November 17 20:46 GMT (UK)
Watching NCIS and the main character is called Leroy Jethro Gibbs and when investigating, they find a Leroy Jethro Moore. Tony, one of Gibbs' aides says "Another Leroy Jethro. What are the odds" not knowing Gibbs was named after Moore. And watching the scene I think about my family tree and an reminded of a Jethro Wickham in my ancestor and the NCIS ep reminds me to explore that line.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: jaybelnz on Saturday 04 November 17 21:13 GMT (UK)
When you spend an evening on the Computer following a new and exciting line of research, and suddenly hear birds chirping! 

Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: rayard on Sunday 05 November 17 14:30 GMT (UK)
When you are in a churchyard and someone walks over the grass and you want to shout "Hey, get off my ancestors!". Especially if they let the dog loose.
rayard.
Title: Re: You know you're addicted to Genealogy when ....
Post by: KGarrad on Sunday 05 November 17 14:34 GMT (UK)
When you are in a churchyard and someone walks over the grass and you want to shout "Hey, get off my ancestors!". Especially if they let the dog loose.
rayard.

Wot?! :o Dogs in graveyards?
That's not allowed here! ;)