Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

 Author Unknown

Murphy's Law for Genealogists

 

  • The public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestor participated and at which the platform collapsed under him turned out to be a hanging.
  • When at last after much hard work you have solved the mystery you have been working on for two years, your aunt says, "I could have told you that".
  • Your grandmother's maiden name that you have searched for, for four years, was on a letter in a box in the attic all the time.
  • You never asked your father about his family when he was alive because you weren't interested in genealogy then.
  • The will you need is in the safe on board the Titanic.
  • Copies of old newspapers have holes occurring only on the surnames.
  • John, son of Thomas, the immigrant whom your relatives claim as the family progenitor, died on board ship at age 10.
  • Your great grandfather's newspaper obituary states that he died leaving no issue of record.
  • A another genealogist has just insulted the keeper of the vital records you need.
  • 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.
  • The only record you find for your great grandfather is that his property was sold at a sheriff's sale for insolvency.
  • The one document that would supply the missing link in your dead-end line has been lost due to fire, flood, or war.
  • The town clerk to whom you wrote for the information sends you a long handwritten letter which is totally illegible.
  • The spelling of your European ancestor's name bears no relationship to its current spelling or pronunciation.
  • None of the pictures in your recently deceased grandmother's photo album have names written on them.
  • No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, owned property, was sued, or was named in wills.
  • 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."
  • Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate inversely proportional to the value of the data recorded.
  • The 37-volume, 16,000-page history of your county of origin isn't indexed.
  • You finally find your great grandparent's wedding records and discover that the brides' father was named John Smith.

 

If only it weren't so true....

 

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World War I Canadian Soldiers

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

...Lt. Col. John Macrae

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Canadian War Memorial, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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DAOUST, Eugene # # 16633 Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regt.) 4035188

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DAOUST, Eloi E. # 31983 Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regt.) 408567

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DAOUST, Ovila # 16634 Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regt.) 61337

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DAOUST, Omer # 16631 Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regt.) 847683

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DAOUST, Rudolph # 18118 Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.) 256729

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DAOUST, Wilfred # 16632 Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regt.) 3158174

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