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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How to Spot a Genealogy Impostor


I am not sure why someone who is not a genealogist would want to pass himself/herself off as one, but here are some surefire signs to help spot any potential impostors:
A genealogy impostor:
Thinks a Flip-Pal is someone who helps a gymnast practice.
Thinks Tom Jones the Rock Star is a singer.
Thinks a “Keep Out” sign at a graveyard means what it says.
Thinks Fold3 is a brand of laundry detergent.
Thinks Samford might be a school in California.
Thinks pedigree collapse is caused by really big storms.
Thinks an online tree is, well, you know, a picture of a tree on the Internet.
Thinks a brickwall ancestor was a mason.
Thinks naturalization is what happens when you stop dying your hair.
Thinks that genealogical research has something to do with shaky leaves.  

34 comments:

  1. LOL. Or it's a sign of bad marketing, education, or blogging on our part.

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    1. Yeah, I know ... we have a heavy load to bear...

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  2. I failed on the Tom Jones one - had never heard of him until someone at Rootstech mentioned him. Perhaps he hasn't caught on to social media yet!

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    1. Probably not - he doesn't strike me as a social media kind of guy.

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  3. I'm glad Carol recommended this one. Great post!

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  4. Greta's back! We've missed you around here. (And at NGS.)

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    1. I miss you guys, too, and have been thinking about you. Was glad to hear that NGS is going to be in Richmond in 2014 - I plan to go to that one for sure!

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  5. Made my evening - my week, actually. Glad you had the time to share this with us. You're missed.

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    1. Thank you, Susan! Hope I can make this a regular thing....

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  6. Thanks for putting a smile on my face before bed. Great to hear from you too!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I'm hoping I can spend more time doing this and getting a life again!

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  7. I've just discovered I'm an imposter. The Tom Jones and Samford ones have gone straight over my head.

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    1. Hah! I'll give you a pass if you'll give me one on Aussie genealogy!

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  8. I needed this, thanks for the laughs.

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    1. You are very welcome - fair exchange for all the enjoyment I am getting from the beautiful pictures on your blog!

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  9. Way to go Greta! These were great.

    What about: thinks that Samford was a show during the 70's about a junk dealer.

    Thanks for giving me a laugh.

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    1. Oh, wow, I totally overlooked that one! Extra points!

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  10. What a hoot!

    Thanks for the chuckle today...

    Dee at Shakin' the Family Tree

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    1. You're welcome and I'm glad you stopped by!

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  11. Love these, Greta! It's great to hear from you again.

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  12. Thanks for the laugh Greta! Loved it!

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  13. Love it! Fold 3 Laundry detergent is my fave!

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  14. Missed you and your wicker humor. Looking forward to more --- and more

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  15. Wanna REALLY laugh? One of my toughest brick walls is, ironically, a brick mason, my grandpa Robert Hall! Really!
    http://mybigfatfamilyblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/madness-monday-well-tuesday-my-mystery.html

    But I've been taking a sledgehammer to that wall lately, so we'll see who has the last laugh! :)

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