Funny what genealogists will pay attention to?
Most folks when presented with the "warning on their TV screen of a test of their local broadcast networks", simply sit there until the message is over and never get up and check to see that they have a working radio, batteries or bottled water to get through a crisis. Emergency? I think not. Most don't get it, do they?
Last night Randy Seaver posted his Saturday night fun for genealogists asking us to look at your 16 2nd great grandparents and figure out "where they came from". I didn't know how to make a list of them using RootsMagic (this is a new software program for me) so I leapt off the couch, put down my iPod (with Twitter on it) and went up to my desktop computer to follow his directions. Worked great, by the way, thanks Randy, love learning new tech tricks.
I printed it out and responded as a comment to his blog not bothering to post the list of names of the "Sweet Sixteen". So they were English, Scotch and French. How nice, I thought, I know all of their names. But, then, it has cost me a lot of money to find that out. Probably spent my emergency money, didn't I?
Feeling like a genealogist, I posted a status update to my Facebook page "goading people on" with the comment that what have people been doing all this time that they don't know all of the names of their "Sweet Sixteen"! It didn't take long for people to post their naming problems. I think this is great. It shows that everyone has trouble with knowing the names of their 2nd great grandparents. Dead people are such fun.
It marks you as a genealogist to actually care that you have recorded (some, all, part, possible first, last, middle) names of that generation. Just ask your Muggle friends (oh, sorry non-magic-non-genealogy folk) to name even their grandparents names. They simply don't know. I try it at every party I go to! What annoys people most is that I remember the "muggles" I have already asked so I don't ask them again. They didn't see the emergency in finding out, would they?
Really, folks, I am just trying to find someone to talk to at parties as I don't imbibe "adult beverages" anymore. (Thanks, cousin Thomas for defining that for me.)
Genealogy is fun no matter what day of the week it is!