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Thursday, June 03, 2010

What are your favorite genealogy quotations?

Last month at Creative Gene, Jasia's review of Annie's Ghosts caught my attention and I got the book from my library. I was not disappointed. Steve Luxenberg's story about researching a family secret was fascinating enough to overcome my ADD and my (seemingly opposite) tendency to fall asleep while reading.

I was about halfway through the book when my cousin Cheryl, of Two Sides of the Ocean, wrote and asked if I'd read it yet. She'd also picked it up after Jasia's review and had just finished it. She's not the only one, either--the book is enjoying a good deal of attention among other geneabloggers too.

I don't know why I forgot to pull quotes from the book as I read. I usually notice a good observation when I read it, and I write it down either on a tiny scrap of paper which will then float around among the papers on my desk for years to come, or if I'm anywhere near the computer, I type it into Notepad with the appropriate citation details. But I didn't think to do that this time.

I often find myself in need of quotations pertaining to family history and genealogy. Luckily, Nancy pulled some excellent Luxenberg quotes at My Ancestors and Me. I get by with a little help from my friends!

What about you? Do you collect quotations about these subjects? I invite you to share your favorites, either as a Comment or in a post on your own blog. If you choose the latter, please leave a link in the Comments here so I don't miss it.


See also Dead and Gone and Still Private, an article by Steve Luxenberg about the accessibility of old medical records.


Claudia's thoughts said...

"Each answer begets ten more questions."

My own quote, because that happens every time to me.


T.K. said...

Ain't that the truth!

Barbara said...

T.K., I'm a little late in replies, and this pertains to your May accomplishments. Good for you, and a blog a day, wow. Regarding your Blurb, I think I will use that once I get a lot of quotes together. I went nuts trying to locate mine, they are on hundreds of little pieces of paper. Thanks, you drove me nuts! I might do a blog about them too, if that is ok, and if I remember and if I can find them!

Nancy said...

T.K., thanks for sending folks my way. I have a few more quotes on my blog (, posted here and there among other posts. If you check out "quotes" in the label section, you should be able to find them.

Sometimes quotes are so inspirational, sometimes thoughtful, sometimes insightful. I usually keep a post-it on the back of my bookmark so I can jot down the page and paragraph #. Then I don't have to interrupt my reading. Do you have other comments on your blog? I'll have to look around....

Thanks again.

T.K. said...

Good luck finding your bits of paper, Barbara... and good luck to me finding mine! LOL! After I posted this, I thought to google "genealogy quotes" and found quite a number of listings. Yep, it's a slippery slope... ;-)

T.K. said...

Nancy, I assume you meant do I have other quotes on my blog? One of my all-time faves is from Proust, although not exactly genealogy per se... see Proust and My Great-Grandfather.

Stephanie said...

Here's a nice one:

"People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." -- Edmund Burke

Truer words, my friends. :)

Stephanie at Ancestor Investigations

Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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