Grin-ealogy — Sixty Years of Adventures and Misadventure

av356If you are going to spend 60 years of your life actively involved in genealogical research, then you better have a good sense of humor. Indeed, anyone with 60 years experience ought to have plenty of their own funny tales from their personal experience. So it is with, George I Sackheim who has compiled his 60 years of one-liners and stories into a fun-filled book called Grin-ealogy.

This book is small, but a delightful read with more than 100 entries to make you shake your head, smile in memory of your own similar experiences, and laugh aloud.

For example,the telephone call Sackheim once received from a family member: she said, “take my uncle’s name off the family tree.” When Sackheim asked why, she replied, “because he died!”

Or the incident that occurred when he wanted to get the hospital records of a child that was stillborn. The worker at the hospital stated , “I can only release that information to the next of kin. Are you the son of that baby who died at birth?” When Sackheim said, “yes,” he was given the information he needed.

Some of items were probably Sackheim’s own creation, showing his own sense of humor. Take, for example, the entry which reads, “my family came to the united states a month after the other pilgrims. They arrived on the juneflower.”

Interspersed with the humorous stories are serious ones, such as the story of the martyrdom of his 15-greats grandfather, rabbi Israel of Ruzhany from whom all Sackheims (and variants) descend.

Even though we probably all have our own list of humorous anecdote and experiences, reading another person’s stories can really make your day.

 

Contents

The Nine Commandments of Genealogy

I Innocent Questions and Comments

II What’s in a Name?

III Sins of Omission

IV A Little White Lie

V “True” Facts

VI Family Stories

VII Coincidences

VIII Miscellaneous

IX How it all Began

 

Enjoy a brief diversion from your research, have a read through Grin-ealogy. Available from Family Roots Publishing, for yourself or give as a gift for your favorite genealogist.

Give the Gift of Laughter to Your Favorite Genealogist

Whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year –Hanukkah, Christmas, or other– the gift of humor is always appreciated. So for those looking to give a little lift to a favorite genealogist in their life, then let me recommend two great books from Laverne Galeener-Moore.

In Collecting Dead Relatives, Laverne has shared a fantastic collection of funny stories related to genealogical research. Stories range from successfully outmaneuvering uncooperative public servants to trying research road trips to test anyone’s sanity. These are the experiences many of us have faced in researching our own families. However, when reading these tales from the perspective of someone’s experience, it is easier to find and share in the humorous side of these events.

In this book “you’ll learn about the latest techniques used by county clerks in repelling genealogists, about projector fatigue, and about acceptable and unacceptable behavior in graveyards. You’ll read about the sins of the D.A.R., research trip survival tactics, sadism in the county courthouse…the banality of workshops and seminars, the proper etiquette in prying information from reluctant relatives, and much, much more! This work is guaranteed to keep you sane and keep you laughing.”

Like her first book, Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector contains of funny stories will have you in stitches. “With a swipe at foreigners, computer freaks, reluctant letter-writers, and certain best-forgotten ancestors—not to mention the hell on earth when the microfilm reader is on the fritz—” Moore takes the reader deep inside the struggles every genealogist faces and finds a way to see the bright side of life; though, she may not have thought these situations funny at the time. The more experience you have as a researcher the more you will appreciate the witty humor found in these stories.

 

Get both books Collecting Dead Relatives ($9.75) and Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector ($10.78) from Family Roots Publishing Company.

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Table of Contents — Collecting Dead Realtives

Backword

Committed Researchers

Mercenary Researchers

To Get a Whopping Headache — Try the National Archives

County Courthouses — Burned Down and Otherwise

The Hottest Hangout in Town — Your Library

Browsing in Cemeteries

Enough Genealogical Societies to Choke You

The Research Trip — A Masochistic Journey

You Will Have an Affair with Your Mailman

Dead Relatives Are the Best Kind — They Don’t Come for Visits

Writing the Book the Whole World is Waiting For

Appropriate Words to Fling About

 

Table of Contents — Further Undertakings

Prolegomena

Catarrh of bile ducts Can Lay You Low

Oh, Granny, Where Can Your Ashes Be?

Scatter! It’s a Computer!

Will the D.O.O.D.O.O. Replace the D.A.R.?

Curses! An Unidentified Photograph!

So Your BODENSCHATZ Came from Rugenwaldermundenbergerfurt?

GAS Attacks Salt Lake City

Duck! It’s a Minié Ball!

How to Make Sure Your Goal is Showing

Sew Those So-and-Sos Into a Quilt

Librarians Runnin’ Wild

Cruising the Ohio 200 Years Later

Mail Monomania

Words to Set You Apart (Probably Far Apart)

Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector

Laverne Galeener-Moore’s stories will touch the funny bone of any family historian. Collected over years of real genealogy research, Laverne’s stories carry the humor that only truth and circumstance can offer. Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector is the author’s second book, Collecting Dead Relatives the first, of stories meant to keep you laughing.

Like her first book, Further Undertakings is full of funny stories that will have you in stitches. “With a swipe at foreigners, computer freaks, reluctant letter-writers, and certain best-forgotten ancestors—not to mention the hell on earth when the microfilm reader is on the fritz—” Moore takes the reader deep inside the struggles every genealogist faces and finds a way to see the bright side of life; though, she may not have thought these situations funny at the time. The more experience you have as a researcher the more you will appreciate the witty humor found in these stories.

Take a break from your research and have a laugh, reading Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector.

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Table of Contents

Prolegomena

Catarrh of bile ducts Can Lay You Low

Oh, Granny, Where Can Your Ashes Be?

Scatter! It’s a Computer!

Will the D.O.O.D.O.O. Replace the D.A.R.?

Curses! An Unidentified Photograph!

So Your BODENSCHATZ Came from Rugenwaldermundenbergerfurt?

GAS Attacks Salt Lake City

Duck! It’s a Minié Ball!

How to Make Sure Your Goal is Showing

Sew Those So-and-Sos Into a Quilt

Librarians Runnin’ Wild

Cruising the Ohio 200 Years Later

Mail Monomania

Words to Set You Apart (Probably Far Apart)

 

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The Humorous Side of Genealogy

Sometimes research takes a turn for the worse. Finding evidence of our ancestors makes finding the proverbial needle in a haystack sound easy. At these time, we most need to maintain a sense of humor. To help, we can turn to books like Collecting Dead Relatives.

Laverne Galeener-Moore has shared a fantastic collection of funny stories related to genealogical research. Stories range from successfully outmaneuvering uncooperative public servants to trying research road trips to test anyone’s sanity. These are the experiences many of us have faced in researching our own families. However, when reading these tales from the perspective of someone’s experience, it is easier to find and share in the humorous side of these events.

In this book “you’ll learn about the latest techniques used by county clerks in repelling genealogists, about projector fatigue, and about acceptable and unacceptable behavior in graveyards. You’ll read about the sins of the D.A.R., research trip survival tactics, sadism in the county courthouse…the banality of workshops and seminars, the proper etiquette in prying information from reluctant relatives, and much, much more! This work is guaranteed to keep you sane and keep you laughing.”

When you are ready for a break from the difficulties of you own family history research, enjoy an hour or two in the pages of Collecting Dead Relatives. Your sides will ache but you will feel refreshed and ready to again take on the challenges of your own research.

 

Table of Contents

Backword

Committed Researchers

Mercenary Researchers

To Get a Whopping Headache — Try the National Archives

County Courthouses — Burned Down and Otherwise

The Hottest Hangout in Town — Your Library

Browsing in Cemeteries

Enough Genealogical Societies to Choke You

The Research Trip — A Masochistic Journey

You Will Have an Affair with Your Mailman

Dead Relatives Are the Best Kind — They Don’t Come for Visits

Writing the Book the Whole World is Waiting For

Appropriate Words to Fling About

 

Get a copy of Collecting Dead Relatives for yourself or as a gift from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC2105.