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Logan County Poetry
Murphy's Law of Genealogy
- 1. The public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestor participated
and at which the platform collapsed under him turned out to be a
- 2. When at last after much hard work you have evolved the mystery that
you have been working on for two years, your aunt says, "I
could have told you that."
- 3. You search ten years for your grandmother's maiden name to eventually
find it on a letter in a box in the attic.
- 4. The will you need is in the safe on board the Titanic.
- 5. Copies of old newspapers have holes occurring only on the surnames.
- 6. John, son of Thomas the immigrant whom your relatives claim as the
family progenitor, died on board ship at the age of 10.
- 7. Your great grandfather's newspaper obituary states that he died
leaving no issue of record.
- 8. Another genealogist has just insulted the keeper of the vital
records you need.
- 9. The relative who had all the family photographs gave them all to her
daughter who has no interest in genealogy and no inclination to share.
- 10. The only record you find for your great grandfather is that his
property was sold at a sheriff's sale of insolvency.
- 11. The one document that would supply the missing link in your dead end
line has been lost due to fire, flood, or war.
- 12. The town clerk to whom you wrote for the information sends you a
long handwritten letter which is totally illegible.
- 13. The spelling of your European ancestor's name bears no relationship
to its current spelling or pronunciation.
- 14. None of the pictures in your deceased grandmother's photo album have
names written on them.
- 15. No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, owned
property, was sued or was named in a will.
- 16. You learn that your great aunt's executor just sold her life's
collection of family genealogical materials to a flea market dealer
"Somewhere in New York City."
- 17. Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate inversely proportional to
the value of the data recorded.
- 18. The 37 volume, 16,000 page history of your county of origin isn't
- 19. You finally find your great grandparents' wedding record and
discover that the bride's father was named John Smith.
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