Saturday, January 9, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What's Your Superpower?

It's Saturday Night - time for more Genealogy Fun!

Dean Richardson posted What’s Your Genealogical Superpower? on his Genlighten Blog - Genealogy Documented blog last week, along with a nifty picture of a young lady with a big S on her shirt flying (is that Dean's wife?). I thought Dean's question was a great one for SNGF - so your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to...

1) Answer the question: Do you have a genealogical “superpower”? (i.e., a unique research ability or technique that helps you track down records or assemble conclusions that others can’t?) If so, what is it?

2) Tell us about it in a blog post, a comment to this post, a comment to Dean's post, or a comment to this post on Facebook or Twitter.

3) If you have a picture of yourself in superpower mode, please show it to us!

Here's mine:

1) I think my "Superpower" is to analyze situations, do some research and come to conclusions about how the situation will affect me and my research. I enjoy analytical challenges - especially one involving numbers!

The recent "Who Is Mr. Seaver" series is a good example. I loved the challenge, dug right into the problem, and had the answer within two days of the first contact with my correspondent. I fleshed out all of the details later, but I knew that I had the right answer within 48 hours of the first contact. Of course, the results were all found online - I didn't have to go to a San Francisco society building or library to search in musty papers or books. If I had been unable to find the answer online, I would have done that too, but it would have taken more than 48 hours!

2) This post.

3) I don't have a picture of me flying around the Genealogy Cave (hmmm, you all know, of course, that the Genealogy Cave is really stacked up, so flying is well-nigh impossible, but you get the idea!). Maybe I can get my daughter to take a picture soon in "Thinker" pose with my "Geneaholic" shirt on.


Anonymous said...

Here is my Superhero for Saturday Night Fun.

Census Superpower


Midge Frazel said...

Why of course I have a super power!

Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski said...

Just don't tug on my cape:

Dean Richardson said...

Thanks, Randy! Hope you're enjoying your visit to Utah...

Steve Danko said...

OK, Randy, this is my first foray into Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. My post on the subject is at

Steve Danko