Saturday, July 30, 2011

SNGF - Signs You Have GOCD

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has another Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Challenge. He says…

Hey genea-addicts, it’s Saturday Night - time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope that all of you do!), is to:

1) Read Michael John Neill’s post 10 Signs You Have Genealogy OCD (come on, give Michael some link love).

2) Make up any number of sentences that will add to his list of signs that you have Genealogy OCD. From one to many, no limit!

3) Share your ingenuity and humor with us in your own blog post, in Comments to this post, in comments to Michael’s post, or in a comment on Google Plus or Facebook.

Comfort Starr House - Guilford, Connecticut

* Drive 520 miles round trip on vacation just to visit a cemetery and ancestral home.

* Co-workers think a great tee-shirt slogan for you would be "Debbie Digs Dead People".

* Most locations on your GPS are cemeteries.

* Visit neighboring library systems to acquire a library card. This way you can utilize their databases.

* Carry a pad of paper "in case" inspiration strikes for an amazing genealogy blog post.

* Have day off from work and meeting room booked for 1940 Census Day Party.

* Your husband keeps a "cemetery survival kit" of magazines, snacks and drinks in the car on weekends. He may need them "just in case" we happen upon a graveyard.

* Ask for gift cards from Barnes & Noble (genealogy magazines), Office Depot gift (genealogy supplies), and Exxon (genealogy travel). Gone are the days of clothing and jewelery stores.

* Talk about long past ancestors more than living relatives. Of course you find them far more interesting!

* Remember when great-great-great grandfather Adam was born but can't recall what you had for dinner last night.

* Spend hours on Find-A-Grave organizing family relationship links.

* Forget how to work all household appliances.

* Watch "Who Do You Think You Are" while chatting with genealogy friends on Twitter.

* Start conversations with "where are your people from?"

* KNOW you have GOCD and don't give a rip!

What are your symptoms?


  1. Oh my goodness...I have SO many library cards from other libraries in my state...for exactly the same reason that you do! Great Post!

  2. The gorgeous photo of a historic house in CT sucked me in to your post.

    Love the fact that your husband has a cemetery survival kit! I should suggest that for my husband!

  3. Ok have to leave a 2nd comment. The really sad/great thing is that I can relate to every single thing you have written here. Wow, we are definitely kindred spirits :)

  4. I'm Jenna and I have GOCD! And I don't give a rip either! :)

  5. I'm have GOCD also. but i'm new and am not sure what you mean about the library cards.

  6. Signs that my GOCD are rubbing off on my kids--even though they have no interest in genealogy, they LOVE to go to cemeteries with me.

  7. I just told my adult daughter yesterday that I no longer need to bore my family with my GOCD because I have an outlet for it in all my geneablogger friends on 3 or 4 social networks. I'm not sure what that look was on her face..a mixture of guilt and relief I think.

  8. Glad you all enjoyed reading. I had a blast writing the list.

    @The Collector - each library system has their own databases. Example- the county I grew up in and don't currently reside has The Baltimore Sun Newspaper digital collection on their website. I entured down to get a card and now sit home browsing the site for obits.

    @Marian - glad you liked the photo. The house is occupied by private citizens so we couldn't tour. Hubby almost knocked on the door! Likewise on the kindred spirits!

    @Lisa, Seen that look on my children's faces too! Lucky to have a son-in-law who may be catching a little GOCD.

  9. I know I have GOCD because when I spotted that photo of the Comfort Starr house, I gasped and said "Comfort Starr was my ancestor!" (I had to look it up, but it turns out he was my 7g-grandfather.)

    How many "normal" people would react to a photo of an old house like that?

  10. Glad you enjoyed the post. As for Comfort Starr - he was my husband's 9th ggrandfather. Doug's (hubby) mother was a Starr. Small world! Looks like you may be a distant cousin!

    As for being normal - we were both like little kids when we saw the house in person!

    Thanks for dropping by to comment.

  11. Wow I'm really enjoying reading everyone's posts about GOCD! And I love the one about the library cards. I thought I was the only one!

  12. I have had long-term symptons for some thirty years, and yes, I can relate to all of those described.

    I discovered your blog, whilst looking for information on A.S. Abell, a feature blog of yours. Keep up the good work!