Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Contrary Code of Conduct

Like Thomas MacEntee, I think a GeneaBloggers' Code of Conduct is long overdue. From now on, any blogger wishing to appear in my Genealogy Blog Finder must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Follow best genealogical practices at all times. Or else learn to fake it like the rest of us.
  2. Hateful language will not be tolerated unless directed at people I also hate.
  3. When attacking religions, lay off the Mormons because you'll probably need their help someday.
  4. Politics should never, ever be discussed on a genealogy blog because Obama is the Antichrist.
  5. Always give proper attributions for the stuff you rip off from better blogs.
  6. Your grandchildren are not as cute as you think they are, so stop writing about them.
  7. Never accept money or gifts from companies in return for favorable reviews of their products without first offering to cut me in.
  8. As Ernest Hemingway once told my grandfather over a bottle of absinthe while celebrating the liberation of Paris, "Do not embellish your family history to attract readers."
  9. Periodically post your blog's traffic statistics so those of us with more visitors can feel superior.
  10. Ask for help when you need it. But don't ask me to help you move, because I'm busy that weekend.
Note: Being listed in the Genealogy Blog Finder constitutes membership in the community and acceptance of the preceding terms. Retroactive membership fees of $50 per year may be sent via PayPal to the email address in my profile.

Tim Agazio

Upon further review, I think I like your code of conduct better. It appears more in line with my basic values...


Hi, Chris.

As always, another winner.

Question, isn't there a way to sign our posts using Name/URL instead of the other choices listed below?

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog



Love, love, love it! .... but I'm still not sending you $50! =^D



Schelly, I started requiring commenters to register a while ago to discourage spamming. Not sure how Tim and Regina got through...


LMAO, Thanks for always keeping things in perspective.

Laura Aanenson

Hilarious as always, but you obviously have not seen MY grandchildren. %^)

Bill West

Thanks for the laughs after a long
day at work!

How come you're funny and I'm not?
Is it because your ancestor had all the funny genes in the Dunham family
and my great great grandmother didn't
get any?


Bill, there's a reason your great great grandmother was never invited to the Dunham reunions. The woman could not tell a joke to save her life.


Great post, I am on board and will be faxing my $50 in. My careful study of the situation reveals that faxing cash is much safer than e-mailing it, or using PayPal.

Greta Koehl

Well, there is simply nothing more to add after this. Oh, and my $50 check is in the mail....



After all this time, your tongue must have poked a hole clear through your cheek.



Chris, will you email me the list of people you hate? I have some stuff I need to get off my chest!! :)

Great post, thanks for keeping things real!

Terry Thornton

What fun! Almost as much fun as watching the Absinthe Fairie "dance" at the recent NOLA International competition of strippers --- but I won't say more because I'm not allowed to brag about family members.

Terry Thornton
Fulton, Mississippi (home of the Lesbian Prom)


Great list! Thanks so much for bringing some genealogy humor into my day.


Sure glad I sent my $50 in when the CDN dollar was at par. Now that I know the rules, no-one should read my today's diatribe on aspects of tourism in Australia. As my spiteful gt-grandma would say to anyone who would listen over a thimble of uisghe, what are these useless descendants of ours doing?

Yrs respectfully,


What blog traffic? I don't think anyone reads my blog except for Gates descendants and dust bunnies.


Very funny!! I enjoyed it alot!


Who knew you were fo sunny? I read it and I'm still not sending$$. Keep up th egood work. I can help if you like. LOL, Irish girl with an Italian name


OMG, so funny...just what the stodgy genealogy community needed. ;)

As Shelly asked, please think about adding the option of Name/URL as a way to leave a comment.
iPentimento - Genealogy and History

Brenda Leyndyke

Too funny, you could give David Letterman a few tips.

Chris Whitten

This is laugh-out-loud funny. Seriously.

Sunday Koffron Taylor

Love it! Thank you I needed some laugh therapy!

Linda Kush

Number 8 is an obvious fabrication. Have you ever tried to choke down absinthe? No one can actually drink the stuff; they just give it as gifts or display it on the rec room bar.

Barbara Cagle

Great post. No, I am NOT a 'bot'. I would add one more 'condition'. "If you find a branch of your family tree you wish to cut off,let me know, I need firewood." Seriously, I love your comedic approach to what some deem a 'serious' subject. It is fun to lighten up a bit. Congrats on a good blog. I will enjoy returning often.

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