Saturday, December 10, 2005

Presenting The Genealogist's Glossary

I am somewhat proud to announce that my first book — The Genealogist's Glossary (& other essential nonsense) — is now available at CafePress.

The first part of the book is the glossary — 86 genealogical terms I have defined rather poorly, I think, including:
Direct Ancestor, n.
A person from whom you cannot help but claim descent.

Family Tree, n.
A chart showing the relationship of unwitting ancestors to unworthy descendants.

Genealogy, n.
An account of one's ancestry drawn from years of meticulous research and hours of online theft.
The second part is a collection of my favorite Top Ten lists, five of which have never been printed at The Genealogue (and never will be):
Top Ten Signs You're Addicted to Genealogy
9. The Mormons take out a restraining order against you.

Top Ten Genealogical Excuses
10. "I didn't steal your identity. I borrowed it, and made a copy for my files."

Top Ten Inappropriate Census Questions
10. "How should we misspell your last name?"

Top Ten Ways to Confuse a Genealogist
10. Respond to his message-board queries with snippets from Green Eggs and Ham.

Top Ten Ways to Speed Up Genealogy
9. Tell your children that abstracting wills cures acne.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Christopher Dunham Relief Fund, which aims to wipe out the student-loan debt of one very special young man from Maine by the year 2028.


A little bit of Ambrose Bierce -- or perhaps he's in your tree somewhere?


I considered calling it "The Genealogical Devil's Dictionary," but thought that might turn off some potential buyers.

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