Saturday Night Fun – True Confessions of a Genealogy Junkie

Pardon me geneabloggers, for I have . . .

. . . become a true genealogy junkie. It is my all consuming passion to the point where I want it to become my profession. To the point where I can eat, sleep and dream about dead relatives. I even have a bumper sticker, My Hobby Is Genealogy – I collect Ancestors.

Sound familiar? As part of Randy Seaver’s usual Saturday Night Fun feature at Genea-Musings, this week he is asking fellow geneabloggers to unload and confess in True Confessions of a Genealogy Junkie

Randy challenged us with this:

The assignment: Answer these questions about your genealogy life:

When did you start genealogy research?

1995. My daughter gave me “something to do”. It was the Family Tree Maker program.

2. Why did you start doing research?

Good Question, but continue reading as I didn’t know what I was getting into.

3. What was your first big success in research?

Finding that my parents were related before they were married.

4. What is your biggest genealogy regret?

Wasn’t able to talk to my grandparents about their Family History and getting some of their Family Histories.

5. What are you best known for in the genealogy world?

Perhaps helping other users of the Family Tree Maker program and trying to keep a number of Worthington family lines in order, to the best of my ability and information that I can locate.

6. What is your professional status in genealogy?

Randy’s answer works for me: “Not certified, or accredited, not pursuing either, don’t take paying clients, do pro-bono work for friends and colleagues.”  Only real difference is that most of mine is Online, as I haven’t found the genealogy community that Randy has. Its all Location, Location, Location.

7. What is your biggest genealogy achievement?

Making some family connections to some very special famous people. Rear Admiral “Amazing” Grace Hopper, and Baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripkin.

8. What is the most FUN you’ve had doing genealogy?

Again, “what Randy said: “meeting genea-bloggers at Jamboree and SLC” with a slight modification. I wasn’t at the Jamboree, but did meet several gena-bloggers in Salt Lake City and a number of Podcaster’s in Philadelphia in September 2008. Great group of folk.

9. What is your favorite genealogy how-to book?

Fellow Genea-Bogger Thomas MacEntee at Easy.   Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Still have much to learn from this, signed copy, resource.

10. What notable genealogist would you like to meet someday?

Since I had the honor of meeting may of such folk in Philadelphia, I would have like to met two notable genealogist. Mr. Hiram Deats, from Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and Milton Rubicam, a relative and former President of the National Genealogical Society, Vice President of the Americal Society of Genealogists.

For now, I look forward to meeting other Genea-Bloggers in person or online.

Randy closed with this:

“There you are – talk about yourself for a change! Go forth and blog about your True Confessions of a Genealogy Junkie! Or write a comment to this post.”

So be it.


One Response to Saturday Night Fun – True Confessions of a Genealogy Junkie

  1. worthy2be says:

    After posting this and reading a number of other responses to Randy, I’d like to add a couple of things:

    #8 – Taking my parents on three “vacations” to Family Places in New York, New England, Maryland, and New Jersey before my father died.

    #7 – Have a Family History Book in the Maryland Historical Society, at the Monocacy Battle Field (National Park Service), the Worthington State Park in New Jersey (State Park), a Book for my parents 60th wedding anniversary, and a Memorial Book in celebration of my Dads Life.

    I should also mention that I am very grateful for the work of my “cousins” who had massive amount of Genealogy information on our Family. They are the children of my Grandfather’s younger brother as seen here

    Thank you.

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