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Old 04-03-2012, 09:10 PM
 
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Default What does your family think of your genealogy hobby?

Does your family think you are nuts? Or do they have fun with it too?

Some people I have met have NO aspirations whatsoever to find out anything about their family history. Personally I think it is kind of sad that if someone can't even tell you the nationality of their own last name.

My family thinks I am crazy I think... but they like it. They just do not join in.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:46 AM
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Agree, I don't understand people who don't care.

In my family, some eagerly await and receive what I find. Others are indifferent.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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Kids love it. Wife thinks I'm crazy.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:03 AM
 
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Most ppl in my family think I'm crazy. My mother only cares about discoveries on her side of the family.

Luckily I've met some great 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc cousins online, and they are happy to relish in my discoveries, so I'm content with that
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:33 AM
 
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Does your family think you are nuts? Or do they have fun with it too?

Some people I have met have NO aspirations whatsoever to find out anything about their family history. Personally I think it is kind of sad that if someone can't even tell you the nationality of their own last name.

My family thinks I am crazy I think... but they like it. They just do not join in.
I have a cousin on my father's side who has an interest and we have traded information as he has sources available to him that I do not, and vice versa. Another cousin of ours professes interest, but seems to have done very little.

On my mother's side I have daughters of a first cousin who were interested - as long as I did the work. That side of the family is very reactionary, and their uncle and aunt busted a gut when I presented them with the documentation that one of our grt-grtgrandmothers was listed "negro" or "colored" on three censuses.

Since then I have heard nothing from anyone on that side of the family.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: michigan
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My family thinks I have too much time on my hands to be able to sit here for hours on end looking at names and dates of people that I will never meet (in this lifetime anyways). However, any time I bring it up, they usually will start asking me questions about any family history. I've been able to locate my brother who was adopted out at birth and my grand mothers birth parents information. I'm currently obsessed with locating any living siblings my grandmother may have.

I have to say also that it has really made me wish I would have paid more attention in my high school history class.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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I have a cousin on my father's side who has an interest and we have traded information as he has sources available to him that I do not, and vice versa. Another cousin of ours professes interest, but seems to have done very little.

On my mother's side I have daughters of a first cousin who were interested - as long as I did the work. That side of the family is very reactionary, and their uncle and aunt busted a gut when I presented them with the documentation that one of our grt-grtgrandmothers was listed "negro" or "colored" on three censuses.

Since then I have heard nothing from anyone on that side of the family.
Sounds pretty typical. When cousins I find online find out what I look like, they're not too interested in being "family" anymore.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:33 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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On my mother's side I have daughters of a first cousin who were interested - as long as I did the work. That side of the family is very reactionary, and their uncle and aunt busted a gut when I presented them with the documentation that one of our grt-grtgrandmothers was listed "negro" or "colored" on three censuses.

Since then I have heard nothing from anyone on that side of the family.
I think that's called "karma"

I remember the scandalized whispers from my grandmother that one side of our family was of gypsy origin. I thought it was hilarious, but got into trouble for laughing. Years later, one of my sisters was upset by a comment from a Romanian lady, who looked at my sister's coloring, listened to Sister's revelation of a possible Gypsy connection, and sneered at her. I provided Sister with another possibility: we might be of Melungeon stock. One of our relatives was from the area and had the surname found to be common to those people. I have tentatively traced our ancestry to people who are known to be Melungeon. Not that such knowledge is of any comfort, Melungeons were once classed as mixed-race Black, but I find it more interesting.

I typically present the knowledge of family history to my folks in the form of (benign) gossip. All these people are dead, whatever lives they had (outside of major criminal activities), one might as well treat it with a sense of humor. My family would rather hear it that way than as a dry dissertation on the begets, though the for ancestors who made a notable impact (my g-g-g-g grandfather was part of the crossing the Delaware flotilla with George Washington), I'll sketch out a brief history lesson.

Mostly, my family looks on my research with toleration. None of them have the interest or wants to take the time away from other pursuits to do it, but they are an attentive audience to my reveals.

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Old 04-04-2012, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Oakland CA
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My family loves that I do it, but would never do it on their own. Mainly because they look at it as something to do when they are retired.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:49 PM
 
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Yeah, I heard that from retired members of my family when I was young - that they would get into it when they retired. Guess what, they are retired and not one is doing anything about any family history. SO I figured I would, got started BEFORE I retired because I might not make it to retirement (my Mom did not) I have now gotten 3 branches of our family back to the 1700s one back to the 1600s. I get the feeling that most members of my family could care less. BUT I have to say, I have met some really nice distant relatives in the area and that has been a very pleasant experience for me.
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