Saturday, November 22, 2008

It's Saturday night, let's have some genealogy fun

Here is a fun little game that all of my genea-blogging readers and colleagues can play:

The rules:

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions in a note to your blog (or a comment to this blog).

Here is my contribution from the 5th sentence on page 56 of the book closest to me on my bookshelf (I don't count books on my hard drive, although they are probably physically closer):

"Just as easily, the unscrupulous can add, to those redesigned rolls, passengers who never saw the ship; couples can be posed together in photographs who, in real life, were never joined by marriage, kinship, or even acquaintance."

Source: Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS; Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian; Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 1997; p. 56.

Aren't you impressed that I have that book so very close to my desk? Unfortunately, I don't open it enough. That's a really interesting passage! She is talking about "A Record's Custodial History affects its Trustworthiness."

What about your book? Come on, pull it off the shelf, open to page 56, find the 5th sentence, and tell us what it says.


M. Diane Rogers said...

OK. Randy, I'm in...

Anonymous said...

I have so many books on the wall behind me. You asked for the closest, so here goes:

"It may not need to be placed under formal configuration management in the sense of baselining and applying rigorous change control".

That pearl of modern prose is the fifth sentence on page 56 of
The Capability Maturity Model, Guidelines for Improving the Software Process
by the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
This exciting page-turner was published in 1994 by Addison-Wesley with ISBN 0-201-5466-7.

John said...

Closest book - sitting on top of the television set for some strange reason.

Fifth sentence on page 56: She wriggled indifferently.

The Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed. by Karen Elizabeth Gordon.

Cherie, too said...

Well, the actual closest book was a manual called "Pinacle Studio Verson 8 Guide to Movie Making", but Page 56 is BLANK. So you're getting my second closest book, My Life by Bill Clinton. The sentence is:

We made a little money playing for school events, including the annual Bad Variety Show.

Anonymous said...

"If there were no close relationship between two men of the same name, the townsmen may have found yet another way to keep them separated."

Source: Christine Rose, CG, FASG; Courthouse Research for Family Historians, Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures; CR Publications, Dexter, Michigan, 2004; p. 56.


Happy Dae.

Unknown said...

"By ten o'clock that night, they had made only six miles."

The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West, by Dee Brown, originally published by Putnam, 1958; reprinted by University of Nebraska Press, 1981.

MrDolomite said...

"All of which would help explain why Steve Yzerman, an eighteen-year-old of unexceptional size, who wasn't even the top scorer on his team, who didn't make the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League's top-ten scoring list or it s postseason All-Star teams, nevertheless was capable of going high in the opening round of the 1983 draft."

Yzerman: The Making of a Champion by Douglas Hunter, 2004, p. 56.