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Family History Sayings

family tree A reminder, people have been interested in their family history for hundreds of years. Early on the purpose was for land and property rights; who was the rightful heir to an inheritance, or who was to become royalty. These reasons can still be important now, however more people have joined in the search for those ancestors of long ago to better understand where their family came from, what struggles they may have had to contend with as well as their successes. Everyone loves it if there is a celebrity or notable historic person attached to their family tree.

As you work on your family tree, whether as a beginner, worked a few years or a long time researcher, it is fun also to look at the quest with a little humor and insight.

Here are a few unusual and interesting ‘Family History Sayings’ to keep in mind. You might also add them to your own collection of family data, especially if some strike a cord with your family.

Some family trees have beautiful leaves, and some have just a bunch of nuts. Remember, it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking. ~Author Unknown

A man who thinks too much about his ancestors is like a potato—the best part of him is underground. ~Henry S. F. Cooper

My ancestors wandered lost in the wilderness for forty years because even in biblical times, men would not stop to ask for directions. ~Elayne Boosler

We’ve uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business. ~former president, Jimmy Carter

Genealogy is collecting dead relatives and sometimes a live cousin! ~ Author Unknown 

What can they see in the longest kingly line in Europe, save that it runs back to a successful soldier? ~Sir Walter Scott

Families are like fudge… mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author Unknown

All his successors gone before him have done it; and all his ancestors that come after him may. ~William Shakespeare

Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us. ~Van Wyck Brooks

What is Research? It is what I’m doing, when I don’t know what I’m doing.~ Author Unknown

Take nothing but ancestors, leave nothing but records. ~ Author Unknown

Still trying to decorate my family tree! ~ Author Unknown

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