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)