Sunday, October 23, 2005

Top Ten Genealogy Myths

10. Dick Eastman and Norm Abram are the same guy.

9. accepts first-born sons as payment.

8. There's someone in Utah not descended from Brigham Young.

7. People who died of "consumption" were morbidly obese.

6. The 1890 census was destroyed in the Civil War.

5. Condemned Salem wizard Giles Corey's last words were, "I'd like to get something off my chest."

4. The folks at Ellis Island changed your great-grandfather's surname from "Smith" to "Szadziewicz."

3. The abbreviation "s.p." means "sexual problems."

2. The Pilgrims went shopping the day after Thanksgiving.

1. Your ancestors were all tolerant, sober, and faithful to their wives.


Has Eastman ever billed one of his talks as "The New Yankee Genealogical Workshop"?


I'm not sure if he wears plaid flannel shirts, either.


I've seen Dick in plaid flannel, but now that you mention it, I've never seen him in the same room as Norm! Hmmm...


When Dick speaks at conferences, does he preface his remarks with, "Before we get started, let's take a moment to talk about shop safety"?

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