Showing posts with label humor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label humor. Show all posts

Friday, August 17, 2012

Celebrating the Best of OH!

   In celebration of reaching 11,111 views of my blog I'm highlighting the best of Origin Hunters with the top 11 articles.

In no particular order here they are:

Finding the origins and descendants of the Huns...
Attila, Native Americans and DNA: A Hunny Story - Jul 4, 2012

Who has the best DNA...
DNA: The New Discrimination – Jun 22, 2012

Are you or someone you know affected...
Genealogy Addiction: Just Say Know - Dec 2, 2011

Finding the Irish royal branches...
Genealogy Gold: McCarthy DNA - Aug 10, 2012

Sometimes paper is not enough...
Is Your Family Tree Broken? - Feb 14, 2012

All in the family...
Kissing Cousins: Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick - Jan 9, 2012

He still has more to tell us...
My Cousin Otzi: A Story Written in DNA - Mar 1, 2012

Finding Standish's English origins and more...
Myles Standish: Mayflower DNA - Jun 15, 2012

A glass of juice could have made the difference...
The Avoidable Death of William A. Clark – Jul 12, 2012

What's your favorite flavor of DNA testing...
Why Y-DNA? – Feb 27, 2012

The 3rd in my series on DNA for genealogy...
Your Father’s Father – Aug 11, 2012


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Recommended: 20 Must Read Genealogy Books

It’s a new year and I wanted to share some of the great genealogy books that I have been reading.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Addicted People:  Handling Your Genealogy Addiction
  • The Art of the Blog View:  Blogging for the Future in an Uncertain World
  • The Blank Tree:  Coming to Terms with Illegitimacy
  • Creating Better Descendants: Offspring Planning as a Tool for a Better Genealogy
  • Digital Genealogist:  Hiring an Artificial Family Historian
  • Eye Wide Open:  Myths, Legends and Your Relation to the Royal Family
  • Genghis to Great:  Creating a Fantastic Family Tree
  • Group Consciousness Explained:  Why Thinking as One Brain Hurts Your Research
  • History Shock:  Coping With the Torrid Pace of Historical Discoveries
  • Inevitable Evils:  Researching the Dark Side of Family History
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Census Record:  And Other Cynical Genealogy Tales
  • Our Social Network, Ourself:  Looking for Records in All the Wrong Places
  • Overcoming Y-DNA Problems:  Understanding and Living with Untested DNA
  • The Pinch Point:  Why Your Family Trees Doesn’t Branch
  • The Social Life of Your Information:  Under Control or Loose in the Wild Wild Web
  • Sync or Sink:  Managing Your Family Tree Across Dozens of Devices
  • Ten Degrees:  How Kevin Bacon is Related to You Within Ten Generations
  • The Translucent Society:  Digitized Genealogical Records at What Cost?
  • Unlinked:  Pruning the Family Tree
  • Unweaving the Malarkey:   $#@%! Your Grandmother Told You

These books can be purchased at A-Squared, the new joint venture between Amazon and Ancestry.  If you buy the e-books they will send you the complimentary dust jacket that can double as a screen protector for your tablet.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday’s Tip: 15 Tips for Geneology

   I’ve been researching geneology for over 25 years and I’ve seen a lot of family trees.  Some of those trees could use some pruning if you know what I mean.  I hope you will find these tips helpful.  I live by them.  Remember, don’t let details get in the way of a fantastic family history.

1. Don’t forget – the correct spelling is Geneology
> We all know that –ology means the study of.  What the heck is an –alogy.

2. Get started by freeing your inner child
> A cluttered desk is the sign of free spirit. Organization is highly overrated.

3. Avoid source documents
> If you see those pesky reference numbers you know you are in the wrong place.

4. If they have the same name then you found the right record
> So what if the record says Kalamazoo and greatgramps has lived in Sheboygan all his life.  The name is the same and that’s all that matters.

5. It’s OK if the parents were born after the children
> There is a common misconception that parents have to be born before their children.

6. Save time - borrow other folks research unquestioned
> They must be experts.  Look at all those great names and dates.  Why do the work twice?

7. Don’t share what you have learned
> Other people just want to steal your hard work.

8. What is on the Internet is accurate
> They wouldn’t let people publish bad information on the web. Would they?  Please enter your password here  ________

9. You only need one copy of your data – backups are for losers
> This is just a way for the man to make you spend more money.

10. Don’t trust DNA companies
> You’ll never be able to buy insurance and the FBI will incorrectly finger you as a serial killer.  Beware!

11. Place names are not important.  But if you do record them:
> Don’t worry about getting the county correct – they change all the time
> You’ll never find the place on Google maps – verifying is waste of energy

12. Cemeteries are just plain creepy – stay away!
> Enough said.

13. Every story that Grandma told is 100% accurate
> Why would Grandma lie?

14. Just look for the good stuff, ignore all that boring stuff
> Look for war stories and if they searched for gold in California.  Everything else will just slow you down.

15. Caution, don’t talk to older relatives.  They smell like potpourri.
> They probably won’t remember anything good anyway.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Genealogy Addiction: Just Say Know

*Caution: This may be a parody

   If you’re worried about your own or a friend or family member’s genealogy research addiction, it’s important to know that help is available.  Learning about the nature of genealogy addiction - how it develops, what it looks like, and why it can have such a powerful hold - will give you a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with it.

   People start genealogy for many different reasons. Many first try researching out of curiosity, to have a good time or because friends are doing it. Researching ancestors doesn’t automatically lead to addiction, and there is no specific level at which research moves from casual to chronic. It varies by individual.  No matter how often or how little you’re researching, if your genealogy is improving your life—at work, school, home, or in your relationships—you likely have an addiction.

Genealogy and the brain
  • Researching causes a surge in levels of dopamine in your brain, which trigger feelings of pleasure. Your brain remembers these feelings and wants them repeated.
  • These changes in your brain increase your ability to think clearly, make connections, and feel mentally stimulated.
  • The urge to research genealogy is so strong that your mind finds many ways to deny or rationalize the addiction. You may drastically underestimate the duration of research, how much it improves your life, and the number of ancestors remaining to be documented.

Common signs and symptoms
  • You’ve built up a research tolerance. You need to research more to experience the same effects you used to attain with smaller amounts.
  • You research genealogy to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. If you go too long without genealogy, you experience symptoms such as restlessness, insomnia and anxiety. 
  • You’ve lost control over your genealogy time. You often research more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop researching, but you feel powerless against its attraction. 
  • Your life revolves around genealogy. You spend a lot of time thinking about genealogy, figuring out how to do more research, and recovering from weeklong conferences. 
  • You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy, such as reality TV, collecting garden gnomes, and root canals, because of your genealogy. 

Physical warning signs of genealogy research addiction
  • Bloodshot eyes, long periods in front of a computer screen. 
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Up all night researching. 
  • Signs of genealogy paraphernalia; old books, index cards and Flip-Pal scanners.

Behavioral signs of genealogy research addiction
  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies. 
  • Unexplained need for money for the latest software or DNA test. 
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors; wandering around attics and graveyards.
  • Repeated unexplained outings, often with a sense of urgency; “I have to go to the Archive.”

Psychological warning signs of genealogy research addiction
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude. Increased optimism and sense of connectedness.
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts about brick walls. 
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness after a breakthrough.  

Support is essential

   Don’t try to go it alone; it’s all too easy to get discouraged and rationalize “just one more” ancestor. Whether you choose to go to events, rely on webinars or take a self-directed learning approach, support is essential. Living with genealogy addiction is much easier when you have people you can lean on for encouragement, comfort, and guidance.

Coming to terms with genealogy addiction

   Remember, you’re not just helping yourself, but everyone around you.  You are uncovering history and adding meaning to the events of your ancestor’s lives.  You are creating a sense of how the world and its people are connected.  You are passing your legacy on to future generations.

Just say know.