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  • MaryWinn@aol.com
    Got this from another list; thought you might enjoy it: Dollarhide s Rules For Genealogy 1. Treat the brothers and sisters of your ancestors as equals....even
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 5, 2000
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      Got this from another list; thought you might enjoy it:

      Dollarhide's Rules For Genealogy

      1. Treat the brothers and sisters of your ancestors as equals....even
      if some of them were in jail.

      2. Death certificates are rarely filled in by the person who died.

      3. When visiting a funeral home, wear old clothes, no make-up, and
      look like you have about a week to live...the funeral director will
      give you anything you ask if he thinks you may be a customer soon.

      4. The cemetery where your ancestor was buried does not have
      perpetual care, has no office, is accessible only by a muddy road, has
      snakes, tall grass, and lots of bugs...and many of the old gravestones
      are in broken pieces , stacked in a corner under a pile of dirt.

      5. A Social Security form SS-5 is better than a birth certificate
      because few people had anything to do with the information on their
      own birth certificate.

      6. The application for a death certificate you want insists that you
      provide the maiden name of the deceased's mother...which is exactly
      what you don't know and is the reason you are trying to get the death
      certificate in the first place.

      7. If you call Social Security and ask where to write for a birth
      certificate, tell them it is for yourself...they won't help you if you
      say you want one for your
      great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather who died in 1642.

      8. When you contact the state vital statistics office in your home
      state and ask if they are "on-line" and they respond, "on what?," you
      may have a problem.

      9. A census record showing all twelve children in a family proves
      only that your ancestors did not believe in birth control.

      10. Work from the known to the unknown. In other words, just because
      your name is Washington doesn't mean you are related to George.

      11. With any luck, some of the people in your family could read and
      write....and may have left something written about themselves.

      12. It ain't history until it's written down. (See #19)

      13. A genealogist needs to be a detective. Just gimme da facts,
      ma'am.

      14. Always interview brothers and sisters together in the same room.
      Since they can't agree on anything about the family tree, it makes for
      great fun to see who throws the first punch.

      15. The genealogy book you just found out about went out of print
      last week.

      16. A good genealogical event is learning that your parents were
      really married.

      17. Finding the place a person lived may lead to finding that
      person's arrest record.

      18. It's really quite simple. First you start with yourself, then
      your parents, then your grandparents... then you QUIT . . .and start
      teaching classes in genealogy.

      19. If it's not written down, it ain't history yet. (See #12)

      20. In spite of MTV, computer games, and skate boards, there is
      always a chance that your grandchildren will learn how to read
      someday.

      21. "To understand the living, you have to commune with the dead, but
      don't commune with the dead so long that you forget that you are
      living!"

      (From Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt)

      by William Dollarhide
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