The Wigtownshire Pages



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Submitted to Rootsweb's Fermanagh-L mailing list by Joe and Laura Schmidt, May 1998
  1. The public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestor participated and at which the platform collapsed under him turned out to be a hanging.
  2. At last, after much hard work, you have solved the mystery you have been working on for two years. You presented it to your Aunt, she said : "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 your attic.
  4. You never asked your father about his family when he was alive, because you were not interested in Genealogy then.
  5. The Will you need was in the safe on the 'Titanic".
  6. Copies of old newspapers have holes punched in them only where the names are listed.
  7. John, son of Thomas, the immigrant whom your family claim as the family progenitor, died on board ship at the age of 10.
  8. Your Grandfather's newspaper obituary states that he died leaving no issue of record.
  9. Another Genealogist has just insulted the keeper of vital records that you need.
  10. 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 them.
  11. The only record you find for your great Grandfather is that his property was sold at a sheriff's sale of insolvency.
  12. The one document that would supply the missing link in your dead-end line has been lost due to fire, flood, or war.
  13. The town clerk to whom you wrote for information sends you a long handwritten letter which is totaly illegible.
  14. The spelling of your European ancestor's name bears no relationship to its current spelling or pronunciation.
  15. None of the pictures in your recently deceased grandmother's photo album have names on them.
  16. No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, owned property, was sued or was named in a will.
  17. You learn that your great Aunt's will executor just sold her life's collection of family genealogy materials to a flea market dealer, "somewhere in New York City".
  18. Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate proportional to the value of the data recorded.
  19. The 37 volume, 1,600 page history of your county of origin isn't indexed.
  20. You finally find your grandparent's wedding record and discover that the bride's father was named John Smith.
  21. You inherit the old family photo albums, only to discover that all the pictures were glued in and cannot be removed to check for names on the backs.
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