Signs You Might Be Addicted to Genealogy

Posted July 17, 2015 by Amanda | 4 Comments

As anyone delving into their family history will tell you, genealogy can be addictive! Check out the list below to see if you show signs of a genealogy addiction.

Signs You Might Be Addicted to Genealogy

You might be addicted to genealogy if…

  • You’re more interested in what happened in 1815 than 2015
  • Your calendar includes the birthdays of your ancestors
  • You talk more to dead relatives than you do the living ones
  • You spend your vacations visiting cemeteries, courthouses and archives
  • You’ve called in sick because you were up all night doing “just one more look up”
  • You introduce people as “my aunt’s husband’s second cousin once removed”
  • The obituaries are the first thing you read in the newspaper
  • Your doctor asks about your family history and you ask, “how many generations back?”
  • You know more about your friends’ family history than they do
  • The pharmacist asks you to decipher the doctor’s handwriting
  • You have the month of the next census release already blocked off in your calendar – “Sorry, I’m booked April 2022.”
  • When you meet someone with a familiar surname, you immediately want to trace their family tree to see if they are related
  • You spend way too much time wishing you had a time machine so you can interview your ancestors
  • Your “filing system” involves the floor, living room, kitchen table…
  • You asked for a DNA test or portable scanner for your birthday or Christmas

Do you have any to add?

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Amanda is the Marketing Communications Manager at Geni. If you need any assistance, she will be happy to help!

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  • Leslie Ann

    How about……you sit down with your morning cup of a coffee and a little genealogy and all of a sudden you realize it’s noon and you haven’t got dressed or had breakfast yet!

  • Devon Lee

    Okay, I’m not an addict. Darn. I thought I was. I only identify with the wishing for a time machine one. I dream of wrting a children’s book series that does this very thing and instead of going back in time to George Washington or some other famous thing, they go back to the Brick Wall ancestor and discover their story and the keys to unlock the Brick Wall!

  • moon_gazer

    “Ok, today I’m only going to spend 20 minutes on this, then I’ll really do something else”, she said 2 hours ago.

  • Inna Vayner

    Amanda, thank you so much! I can’t stop laughing! Guilty of all the above. Also wishing to be a member of AG ( Anonymous Genealogists).