Writing the family history

I love doing family history (I guess that’s pretty obvious) but sometimes you just want to yell at your ancestors and this post from https://www.reddit.com/r/Genealogy/sort of says it in a nutshell:


It seemed to give other genealogist the chance to vent and I have to agree with them.

Only ancestors could confuse a computer software program by intermarrying to the extent that Ancestry can’t even work out your relationship to me not to mention in some cases it would have been a better idea to expand the gene pool. Did I mention that I am a Shepherd with lots of interesting relationships in the family?

I can make a pretty good guess at why you ran away but did you have to change your name multiple times and then leave no record at all. Did you spend all your time on the long boat trip working out how you would disappear. I will find you yet Nellie!!!

It is great you had such large families, or I might not have been here but could you just stick to two wives maximum and maybe no more than four kids! You know who I am talking about Daniel Chisholm.


I do love naming patterns, especially if you are Scottish, but hey enough! In some townships there are just too many of you all with the same name, married to women with similar names and having kids with the same name. I love a challenge but that is ridiculous. Why did I marry a McGregor?


And of course that drunk census taker that gets everyone’s names wrong not to mention todays record transcribers that just take their best shot at translating it to modern day English.

So I have added my rant but be assured I am not planning on giving up genealogy any time soon.