For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I want you to:
1) Tell us how your family members (parents, children, grandchildren, spouse, siblings, cousins, aunts/uncles, etc.) react to your genealogy
2) Do you have any funny stories about your family members' interest in or with genealogy? Tell us!
3) Share your report in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook status post, or a Google+ stream post.
1) My wife, Angel Linda, tolerates my genealogy addiction. She doesn't want to do any research herself, but is interested in hearing the stories of her ancestors. I tested this with my presentation of "Discovering Jane's Roots in California, Australia and England" recently - she didn't react badly when I told her, and the GSNOCC audience, "Linda - your third great-grandmother was a slut." She really enjoys going to conferences, cruises, or genealogy vacations in distant places as long as she can shop, swim, and, most importantly, talk to people that she meets and can tell them her life stories. That's good, because we're doing four next year (RootsTech, NGS, SCGS, LFT cruise).
My daughters are happy that I have something that I am passionate about that keeps me intellectually active and in the Genealogy Cave (they always seem to know where I am). However, they have showed absolutely no interest in doing any research or even learning about their ancestry, at least not yet. They are way too busy with their own lives and raising my grandchildren. The grandchildren are almost old enough now to play some of Lorine Schulze's family fun games, heh heh! I have big plans!
My brothers and my cousins appreciate what I do, but have no interest in doing it themselves. They like the yearly Seaver-Richmond Family Journal that I send them at Christmas time with photos and stories. We enjoy visiting with them, and even going to ancestral homes and cemeteries in Massachusetts, but that happens only occasionally.
2) A funny story - see A Cure for Insomnia.
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