Saturday, May 17, 2008

Cooking? Cleaning? I'd Rather do Genealogy!

One of my favorite hobbies is searching my family's history. I've been researching since I was a little girl and now have teenage children of my own that I try to show how important our history is. Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.


Cooking? Cleaning? I'd Rather do Genealogy!

They think that I should cook and clean, and be a model wife.
I tell them it's more interesting to study Grandpa's life.
They simply do not understand why I hate to go to bed
I'd rather do two hundred years of research work instead.

Why waste the time we have on earth just snoring and asleep?
When we can learn of ancestors that sailed upon the deep?
We have priests, Rabbis, lawmen, soldiers, more than just a few.
And yes, there's many scoundrels, and a bootlegger or two.

How can a person find this life an awful drudge or bore?
When we can live the lives of all those folks who came before?
A hundred years from now of course, no one will ever know
Whether I did laundry, but they'll see our Tree and glow
'Cause their dear old granny left for them, for all posterity,
not clean hankies and the like, but a finished family tree.

My home may be untidy, 'cause I've better things to do
checking all the records to provide us with a clue.
Old great granny's pulling roots and branches out with glee,
Her clothes ain't hanging out to dry she's hung up on a tree.

Mel Oshins



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your post and throughly agree. It's great!

4:57 PM  
Blogger Jeni said...

Loved this post and especially the poem! I've always been interested in history, family tree stuff, but never really dug into it in any depth until 1999 when I got my first computer. My late aunt -just passed away 3 weeks ago at age 91 -hated my interest in family tree stuff. She used to ask me "What the H**L good does it do to look for the names of a bunch of damned dead people?" And I could never explain to her the thrill it gave me as the more I learned about my Dad's roots, the more I began to feel a little bit like I knew what he was like. (I never knew him as he died when I was less than 3 weeks old.) Today though, I sort of split my time between two loves -family tree stuff and blogging. Both tend to drive others in my family nuts too though.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

I've tried to research my family history a bit, but I've never had much luck.

Cool poem!

12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Gretchen,

Thanks for leaving comments over at my space!

My wife has been researching her family's genealogy for the past several years...and she has a lot of fun doing it. She says it's so much easier with computer and internet technology now.

Me? I have too many irons in the fire already. Besides, my ancestors are already well researched back to the early-18th century in this country, and to the mid-15th century in Scotland. So, somebody did an awful lot of work!

I enjoy your posts and photos--that hurricane sure did a job on the bridge didn't it?

Keep on looking for family,

3:08 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I only wish the government would give over the documents on my father's birth. After died I learned, his sister, my aunt was in fact his mother my grandmother.

I would like to know the name of his father.

We go back further on my mother's side and I am the "keeper of the family tree" in our family.

10:39 PM  

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