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The lighter side of genealogy...



Why waste your money looking up your family tree?
Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.

Mark Twain

 I don't know who my grandfather was, I am much more
concerned to know what his grandson will be.

Abraham Lincoln

You live as long as you are remembered.

Russian Proverb

Anybody can make history, only a great man can write it.

Oscar Wilde, Aphorisms

He who has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family
was begot by a flash of lightning.

Old English Proverb

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well
make it dance.

George Bernard Shaw

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors,
and no slave who has not had a king among his.

Helen Keller

Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong
to us, we see the past, present, and future.

Gail Lumet Buckley

On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery,
Nova Scotia: "Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102, The Good Die Young."

A lawyer's epitaph in England: "Sir John Strange Here lies
an honest lawyer, And that is Strange".

Larry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York: "Born 1903--Died 1942
Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was."

On a Thurmont, Maryland, cemetery: "Here lies an Atheist: All dressed
up And no place to go."

Can a first cousin, once removed, return?

Genealogy: Tracing yourself back to better people.

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

It's hard to be humble with ancestors like mine!

Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate.

Genealogists live in the past lane.

Genealogy: A hay stack full of needles. It's the threads I need.

Genealogy: Collecting dead relatives and sometimes a live cousin!

Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.

Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools!

Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.

Theory of relativity: If you go back far enough, we're all related.

A Step backwards is Progress to a Genealogist.

I'd rather be looking for dead people than have them looking for me!

Ever find an ancestor HANGING from the family tree?

Evolution is God's way of issuing updates.

Old genealogists never die, they just lose their census.

Genealogy...it's not a hobby, it's an obsession.

I think my ancestors had several "bad heir" days.

I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged.

It is hereditary in my family not to have children.

Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.

When marriage is outlawed only outlaws will have inlaws.

Genealogy: Tracing descent from someone who didn't.

I finally got it all together. Now where did I put it?

The black sheep keeps the best info on the family.

Whoever said "seek and ye shall find" was NOT a genealogist

From http://www.myheritage.com/FP/Company/genealogy-humor.php?lang=SV

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A Navajo and NASA - some Native American Humor


About 1966 or so, a NASA team doing work for the Apollo moon mission took the

astronauts near Tuba City. There the terrain of the Navajo Reservation looks

very much like the lunar surface. Among all the trucks and large vehicles were

two large figures that were dressed in full lunar spacesuits.


Nearby a Navajo sheep herder and his son were watching the strange creatures

walk about, occasionally being tended by other NASA personnel. The two Navajo

people were noticed and approached by the NASA personnel.


Since the man did not know English, his son asked for him who the strange

creatures were. The NASA people told them that they were just men that were

getting ready to go to the moon. The man became very excited and asked if he

could send a message to the moon with the astronauts.


The NASA personnel thought this was a great idea so they rustled up a tape

recorder. After the man gave them his message, they asked his son to translate.

His son would not.


Later, they tried a few more people on the reservation to translate and every

person they asked would chuckle and then refuse to translate.


Finally, with cash in hand someone translated the message, "Watch out for

these guys, they come to take your land."

From www.nativeamerican.net/humor/index.shtml