This book looks on the comic side of genealogy, with humorous descriptions of the people and situations familiar to all genealogists.
- Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
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- 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)
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I purchased this book because I thought it was supposed to be a humorous look at genealogical research. It’s copyrighted 1987, so it’s a rather outdated look at genealogy, but that’s not its problem. Its problem is that the writer is so mean-spirited, I didn’t want to continue reading the book. She thinks it’s terrible when a county employee pauses in doing records research for her in order to help people with more ordinary, standard requests. She seems to think that nobody is more important than herself. She believes she should be allowed to rummage through records on her own and to remove them from the room. She sneers at a sign that tells her she is not allowed to re-shelve items. Her arrogant attitude makes me hope that someone removed or misfiled records she needed so she never got to see them. She includes her opinion that fees paid for records research should be refunded if records are not found. It seems she does not understand that the fee is for the hunting, and whether or not the record is found, the hunting needs to be done—and paid for. She seems to hate fellow family researchers, for-pay researchers, and county employees. Anybody who does not conform to her opinion of how people should be is a terrible person. By page 43, I found her negative attitude so distressing, I skimmed forward. I stopped to read bits here and there to determine whether there was any reason to read the rest of the book. I found nothing. I gave up on the book.