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Ellis Island is like Woodstock.  More people claim they were there, then really were.

Genealogists never die.  They just lose their census.

You live as long as you are remembered.  

Genealogy without documentation is mythology

Genealogy is where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.

 “He who has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.”  - Old English Proverb 

“Why waste your time and money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you!”  - Mark Twain 

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness."  - Alex Haley 

"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten; Either write things worthy of reading, or do things worthy of writing." - Benjamin Franklin.”, 1738 

"There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, and the other, wings."  - Hodding S. Carter

"When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition can always be found. They forgot where they came from."  -Carl Sandburg

I wish I could relate to the people I'm related to

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family;
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one!  Jane Howard

Isn't genealogy fun?  The answer to one problem leads to two more!

The Roots of a Family Tree begin with the Love of Two Heart

Every family tree produces some lemons, some nuts and a few bad apples.

 

Ever find an ancestor HANGING from the family tree?

 

FLOOR: The place for storing your priceless genealogy records.

 

Gene-Allergy: It's a contagious disease, but I love it.

 

Genealogists are time unravelers.

 

When a child is born, so is a grandmother.

 

Genealogy is like playing hide and seek: They hide... I seek!

 

Genealogy: Tracing yourself back to better people.

 

"Crazy" is a relative term in my family.

Any man can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad!

I smile because you are my brother...  I laugh because there's nothing you can do about it!

I'm always late.  My ancestors arrived on the Juneflower!

Only a genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.

That's strange: half of my ancestors are women!

No I cannot forget where it is that I come from.  I cannot forget the people who love me. John Mellencamp, Small Town

Cousin to cousin we'll always be, Special friends from the same family tree.

Genealogists live in the past lane.

Chance made us Sisters-in-law.  Prozac made us friends.

What is past is prologue.

Relative Humidity...

He who writes history makes history.

I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.   Patrick Henry

Yesterday is History.  Tomorrow is a Mystery.  Today is a Gift.  That's why we call it the Present.

A will is a dead giveaway.

Jump into your genes...and dig up your roots.

My family coat of arms ties at the back.  Is that normal?

Our family is like the branches of a tree.  We may grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.  Each of us will always be a part of the other.

Happy is the man who recalls his ancestors with pride and realized that fate has linked him with a race of goodly men.  Goethe

If you destroy your past, something in people die.  Jacqueline Kennedy

The grandson wants to remember what the father wished to forget.

Genealogy: A search for the greatest treasures - our ancestors.

Old people always lie...because there's no one around to prove that they're lying.  Be wary of an old person's tales!  Irving Kagan.

Having children is hereditary.  Chances are that if your parents didn't have any children, you won't either.

That's the problem with the gene pool: No lifeguards.

Measure you mishpoche not in length, but in width.

God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.

A genealogist pesters the living and disturbs the dead.

A family tree can wither if nobody tends to it's roots.

A people is nothing without the memory of its history and its roots.  Harry Klein

Our family name, one filled with pride, carries the history of generations gone by.  For those who have lived and those not yet born our name strong and proud, forever lives on.

When I got off the boat in Quebec, I saw a sign that read, "Drink Canada Dry.".  I thought, "This is my kind of country!"

Grandparent: You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren.

Mark Twain once remarked that he spent $25 to research his family tree, and then he had to spend $50 to cover it up.

We did not all come over in the same ship, but we were all in the same boat.  Bernard M. Baruch

Our family gene pool needs some chlorine.

The definition of genealogy: Chasing your own tale.

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?  Father And Mother I Love You.

Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave.  Ad slogan "Pepsi Comes Alive" as initially translated into Chinese.

There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, and the other, wings.  Hodding S. Carter

In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from.  Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning.  No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.  Alex Haley

When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition can always be found.  They forgot where they came from.  Carle Sandburg

I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmic primordial atomic globule.  Consequently, my family pride is something inconceivable.  I can't help it.  I was born sneering...   W. S. Gilbert, The Mikado

My ancestors must be in a witness protection program.

Every family tree has its share of sap.  Every family tree has a few nuts.

To move freely you must be deeply rooted.

Seek out your roots and you will find your life.

Genealogists:  The only people that are happy to receive a death certificate in the mail.

As my family planted for me, so do I plant for my children.  Talmud

One cannot know his destination if he does not know where he is coming from.  Nor can one know who he is without knowing his past.

Genealogist haunt cemeteries

If we do not respect our ancestors, we will not respect each other.

If we know where we came from, we may better know where to go.  If we know who we came from, we may better understand who we are.

When we were young, we did not ask questions; now that we're old, there is no one to answer them.

We shall not cease from exploration  And the end of all our exploring  Will be to arrive where we started   And know the place for the first time.  T.S. Eliot

I'm searching for myself.  Have you seen me?

If your ideas live in others, then you have indeed made a contribution to the immortality of the human spirit.  If an idea lives in you that was born in others, you are benefiting from a grand continuity of the human spirit.

The ascendant hand is what I feel most strongly; I am bound in and in with my forebears... We are all nobly born; fortunate those who know it; blessed those who remember.  Robert Louis Stevenson

If a man cares not for his roots, how then can he care for his branches.  Doyle M. Davis

People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.  Edmund Burke

People who grow up without a sense of how yesterday has affected today are unlikely to have a strong sense of how today affects tomorrow.  Lynne V. Cheney

About the past:  ...the way I see it, you can either run from it; or learn from it.  Rafikki to Simba, Disney's The Lion King

The farther backward you look, the farther ahead you can see.  Winston Churchill

What is research but a blind date with knowledge?  Will Henry

Good men must die, but death, cannot kill their names.  Proverb

To live in hearts we leave behind, Is not to die.  Thomas Campbell

A family reunion is an effective form of birth control.

A family tree can wither if nobody tends to it's roots.

We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave behind.

The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.  Herb Caen

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir.  He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.  H. F. Hedge

Ancestral glory is, as it were, a lamp to posterity.  Sallust

It is a desirable ting to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.  Plutarch

No genealogy is complete without a reference to one's family tree.  And we're not talking horticulture here.  If you want a place in the sun, you must leave the shade of the family tree.  Osage saying

As leaves on the trees is the life of man.  Homer

Never destroy any aspect of personality, for what you think is the wild branch may be the heart of the tree.  Mrs. Henry George

The law of heredity is that all undesirable traits come from the other parent. 

Why pay money to have your family tree traced?  Go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.  Mark Twain

When I grow up, I want to be an ancestor.

Genealogists are time unravelers.

Crazy is a relative term in my family.

Genealogy: Life in the past lane.

Family Trees have strong roots.

Genealogists: Pioneers into the past.

"When your family set sail for the New World you came with a large quantity of livestock."  "Wow!  I guess that means we were wealthy gentry."  "Well, no.  You didn't own the livestock.  You just came with it." 

Everyone has something ancestral, even if it is nothing more than a disease.  Ed Howe

If a man's character is to be abused, there's nobody like a relative to do the business.  William Makepeace Thackeray

Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears.  It seems to absolve us.  Van Wyck Brooks

None but a mule denies his family.

A pack rat is hard to live with, but makes a fine ancestor.

My ancestors are giving me "Bad Heir" days.

He that has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family, was begot by a flash of lightning.  English Proverb

We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.  Oliver Wendell Holmes

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.  George Bernard Shaw

There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless.  John Barrymore

Always remember that you are absolutely unique... just like everyone else.

If the very old will remember, the very young will list.  Chief Dan George

I was the first Jew, really.  There wasn't anyone to greet me.  Rabbi Henry Cohen

Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools!

Shh!  Be very, very quiet... I'm hunting forebears.

I'm not sick.  I have just got fading genes.

To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth.  Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps.  The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples.  I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests.  And so are you.  Elie Wiesel

A Family Is: A deeply rooted tree with branches of different strengths all receiving nourishment from an infinite source.A Family Is: Where character is formed ......and it goes on..

 

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