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Motivational or Humorous Genealogy Quotations: taken from the internet

Genealogy may be hours and hours of laborious work, migraine headaches, and the never-ending searching of old, elusive documents, but it is also a lot of fun! Today’s post includes a few motivational and/or humorous genealogy quotations. (Like most quotations you find online, the authorship may be wrongfully attributed, but the words are still good.)

A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots.

Any family tree produces some lemons, some nuts, sap, and a few bad apples.

“Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us. —Van Wyck Brooks

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

“We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors’ wisdom.”–Maya Angelou

“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage – to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.” — Alex Haley, Roots

“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

“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

Help! I’ve climbed into my family tree, and I can’t get down!

“Some people trace their heritage in hopes of making a famous person into their relative. I do mine in hopes of making my relatives famous.”– Me

Even with so many records now online, I suppose most genealogists still try to plan family vacations around a courthouse or cemetery visit. Too bad none of my ancestors came from Disney World.

I have seen wasps, bees, dogs, snakes, ticks, and a man with a gun. No ghosts yet…


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3 thoughts on “Motivational or Humorous Genealogy Quotations: taken from the internet

  1. Emery Francis on said:


    I looked at the photograph and I believe that the name is Mae Wood(s). The loops on the first name look very similar to the W in Wood but it is enough different to be the M in Mae. The other two are much more problematic. I would probably have to see the original headstone to have a chance.


    PS I am sending this here because I did not find a reply button in the Blog on the 3 illegible items.

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