This Halloween, ol' Myrt here has been looking at things in a different light,
in as much as she has 2 grandchildren to care for each day -- aged 12 weeks and
5 years. (OK that was a pretty good run-on sentence, wasn't it?!)
Scary things to these little ones are as innocent as a spider in the corner of
the kitchen, or bedtime without prayers and a night light.
SCARY THINGS FOR GENEALOGISTS might include:
1. Finally receiving a copy of an out-of-print book on an obscure surname on
your family tree, only to discover the author neglected to cite sources for
events in each ancestor's life.
2. The loss of courthouse records due to fire or flood.
3. Finding that long lost ancestor only to discover he/she had led a notorious
life of crime.
4. The elimination of free RootsWeb genealogy mailing lists for communicating
with other researchers about surnames, localities and special interest groups.
5. A trip to the parish office in you ancestor's homeland reveals the page for
his christening entry was literally torn out of the book. (sad but true)
6. A visit to the cemetery where the tombstones have been moved to the perimeter
to facilitate lawn mowing.
7. Reading the federal census, page by page, only to discover ink blots
obscuring the names of your ancestor's parents.
8. During a visit to the National Archives, you discover your ancestor's Civil
War pension folder only holds a single file jacket.
9. Your ancestor's pre-Andrew Jackson federal land grant certificate has had the
president's signature cut out of the document.
10. Your computer experiences a complete hard-drive failure without a backup of
your genealogical database, digital ancestral photos and scanned images of
NOT TO WORRY some of these scary scenarios only add to the mysterious intrigue
of determining alternative record collections. Item #3 only requires an attitude
adjustment, since genealogists love searching for ancestors, and should learn to
keep an open mind when it comes to judging their lifestyles.
But more importantly, if you want to sleep well without a night light, remember
to BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!
Happy family tree climbing!
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