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Collecting Dead Relatives

3.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  26 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
For the first time . . . a book that looks on the comic side of genealogy! Here you'll meet the people and situations you're already familiar with--the BORE, the BLUEBLOOD, the OLD MASTER, and the BRIEFCASE MAGNET, and a clutch of dissembling officials, wet-nosed beginners, and tongue-clucking harridans--but this time the meeting will drive you wild with laughter.

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Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 1st 1987 by Genealogical Publishing Company (first published 1987)
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Dec 30, 2011 Deborah rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
As a die-hard family researcher, who has devoted half a lifetime to that addictive hobby, this book made me laugh and laugh (while simultaneously groaning at the error of my ways). It is for the avid, rabid, and old-fashioned genealogists among us. I classify it as humor, not genealogy (though the humor is directed at genealogy junkies and generated by a reformed one). Hindsight is everything. The story is true, too painfully true, for researchers who plowed their way through stacks of paper and ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Jim rated it it was ok
There are a few laugh-out loud moments, but overall I felt the sarcasm eclipsed the humor. I thought the description of the Commercial Hotel was wonderful. The details of what it must have been like to do genealogical research pre-Internet do reveal the hurdles of the past, and also the miracles they performed ingetting that information.

I see that Laverne did write a follow-up novel, which I will probably read.
Sep 07, 2011 Jerry rated it liked it
This is probably not a book that will help beginning genealogists, but it is full of clever and funny writing that will bring a smile or laugh to those of us who recognize ourselves in all of those funny situations. Finding a way to laugh at our serious endeavors certainly helps keep life in perspective. I recommend this book to any and all.
Fallon Green
Just added it to my read list! Looks like its gonna be funny!
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