Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Signs You Have GOCD

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has another Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Challenge.  He says…

Hey genea-addicts, it’s Saturday Night - time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope that all of you do!), is to:

1)  Read Michael John Neill’s post 10 Signs You Have Genealogy OCD (come on, give Michael some link love).

2)  Make up any number of sentences that will add to his list of signs that you have Genealogy OCD.  From one to many, no limit!

3)  Share your ingenuity and humor with us in your own blog post, in Comments to this post, in comments to Michael’s post, or in a comment on Google Plus or Facebook.

My input:

When the height of your week is finding a new cemetery tucked away somewhere down a back road, and your family and friends know that a “Saturday picnic” is just an excuse to spend all afternoon exploring said burial ground.

When you have to resist the temptation to put a tiny (very tiny) note on a Client’s research report saying “warning, may contain traces of nuts” :-)

When you notice an obscure name (Auchmuty, for example) on a website somewhere and you are convinced you MUST be related somehow.  You fire off an email and then get hugely frustrated when there is no equally enthusiastic response, within the hour.

All your old photos have neat notations on the back in pencil identifying faces, dates and possible places, are stored in Archival boxes and have been faithfully scanned and backed up.  The more recent photos showing living relatives have nothing on the back and live in old polythene bags in a drawer.  You justify this by thinking that everyone in those pics can still remember who they are.

GOCD has been a recognised disease since approximately a year after I started on my genealogy, and recognised it in myself.  It’s apparently widespread throughout the world, judging by the blogs I read.

:-)  Jo

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Professional Scottish genealogist - this blog is for my own family history and photos
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3 Responses to Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Signs You Have GOCD

  1. Especially enjoy the line about recent photos — of course everyone in those pics knows who they are! Guilty, as charged!

  2. Laura says:

    A picnic – the perfect guise! Thanks for the idea. LOL

  3. Carol says:

    Happy Blogiversary!

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