LAWS OF GENEALOGY
- The document containing evidence of missing links in your research invariably will be lost due to fire, flood or war.
- The keeper of vital records you need will just have been insulted by another genealogist.
- Your great great grandfather's obituary states he died leaving no issue of record.
- The will you need is in the safe on the Titanic.
- The ancient photo of 4 relatives, one of whom is your progenitor, carries the names of the other 3.
- Copies of old newspapers have holes occurring only on last names.
- You learn that great aunt Matilda's executor just sold her life's collection of family genealogy material to a flea market dealer in New York City.
- No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, always rented
property, was never sued, and was never named in any will.
- Yours is the only last name not found among the 3 billion in the Mormon
- Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate inversely proportional to the value of the data recorded.
- The critical link in your family tree is named "Smith".
- The 37- volume, 16000-page history of your county of origin isn't indexed.
Contributed by: Betty Allen
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