40+ My Favorite Genealogy Stories (Inspirational and Funny)

40+ Inspirational and Funny Genealogy StoriesThe My Favorite Genealogy Story series is provided as a sampling the resources you will find on MyGenShare.com.  The series will provide you inspirational stories that are reflective of the experiences all genealogists have at one time or another.

This series of articles also includes a podcast version of the story that you can listen to.

Search suggestions: Once you find the genealogy story that you would like to read/listen to:

  1. Scroll and page to the resource.
  2. Copy and place the story title or portion of the tile in the blog search field, click search and you will be directed to story.
  3. Click on the listing and your will be taken to the story.

A listing of the available genealogy stories in this series is as follows:

  1. Back walk is tombstones
  2. Just a scrap of paper
  3. Family Jeannie-ology
  4. A catchy rhyme
  5. The colorful family of Dale O. Duncan Continue reading

My Favorite Genealogy Story: Back walk is tombstones

Relatively Speaking: Back walk is tombstonesI’m a genealogist and loving it.  This is one of my favorite stories.

 

The following story is from the MyGenShare.com Archives of the Everton Genealogical Helper as told by Elizabeth Howe Shipton in January 1975.

My father always told me that the burial place of his grandfather Slaughter was lost. My great grandfather had died of pneumonia. He was a country doctor, sometime in February he had stayed all night with a patient, the creek came up during the night and he caught cold when he had to swim his horse at the ford. Continue reading

My Favorite Genealogy Story: Just a scrap of paper

My Favorite Genealogy Story: Just a scrap of paper

I’m a genealogist and loving it.  This is one of my favorite stories.

 

The following story is from the MyGenShare.com Archives of the Everton Genealogical Helper as told by Rozella Parrow in September 2000.

Please don’t overlook that small scrap of paper in your grandmother’s dresser drawer. It could contain the clue you need to continue your genealogical research.

This is my experience with a small piece of paper found while I was going through my maternal grandmother’s belongings. Continue reading

My Favorite Genealogy Story: Family Jeannie-ology

My Favorite Genealogy Story: Family Jeannie-ology

I’m a genealogist and loving it.  This is one of my favorite stories.

 

Our teen-aged son, James, had been worrying quite a bit about his lack of growth. As he had been introduced to genetics during his Biology class, we decided to strengthen our arguments against his worrying by adding the weight of genealogy. We pointed out the heights of his various immediate male ancestors and assured him that he was more than likely to attain at least the average of these. This calmed his fears until the day we received his great-great-grandfather’s Civil War pension records wherein said ancestor’s height was given as 5’4″. Our well-laid arguments suddenly backfired on us and he is now convinced he will be a “throwback.” Continue reading

My Favorite Genealogy Story: A catchy rhyme

My Favorite Genealogy Story: A catchy rhymeI’m a genealogist and loving it.  This is one of my favorite stories.

 

After years of personal and professional research, plus instructing many genealogy classes, I became acutely aware of the sensible type of information genealogists really needed. So in 1970 I wrote and published the research guide Don’t Cry “Timber!” which incorporated these much-needed instructions. Continue reading

My Favorite Genealogy Story: The colorful family of Dale O. Duncan

My Favorite Genealogy Story: The colorful family of Dale O. Duncan

I’m a genealogist and loving it.  This is one of my favorite stories.

 

The following story is from the MyGenShare.com Archives of the Everton Genealogical Helper as told by Maxene Shattuck Duncan in July 1988.

In recent months I have been researching my husband’s ancestry. One day I realized he had a colorful family. Continue reading

My Favorite Genealogy Story: Grandfather receives letter after 52 years

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I’m a genealogist and loving it.  This is one of my favorite stories.

 

The following story is from the MyGenShare.com Archives of the Everton Genealogical Helper as told by Mrs. Margaret Holmes Johnson in May 1999.

One night in 1921 the people of Olivia, Texas were gathered in the schoolhouse for a program. The postmaster brought a letter addressed to Benjamin Holmes, my grandfather. The return address was to Ed Holmes of Downieville, California. Grandfather said he did not know Ed Holmes, however, he did open the letter and, to his surprise, he found it was from his older brother he knew as Quincy and who he presumed was dead. Continue reading