Saturday, February 16, 2013

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!),

1) Read Michael John Neill's post 10 Signs You Have Genealogy OCD (come on, give Michael some link love) and the comments too (I know it's an old post, we did this in 2011 too!).

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! Be creative!!

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.

I had a blast with this back in 2011. Some still ring true, which I will repost. Several are new "habits" that have slowly snuck into the mix.

Here are my signs of GOCD:

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

Comfort Starr House - Guilford, Connecticut
home of husband's 9th great-grand-father
* 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.

* 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.

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

* When your children bring home someone to meet the first question is "where do your ancestors hail from?"

* You arrange your weekend errands around times of upcoming webinars.

* Start collecting really great ancestral names in the event someone in the family has a baby. You are very sure they will want to carry on the tradition.

* Feel very comfortable talking to hundreds of people online that you have never met. Brothers and sisters in genealogy never know a stranger!

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

What are your symptoms?


  1. I really enjoyed your additions Deb. I think my hubbie has incipient Genie OCD because he always wanders the cemeteries with me.

    1. Pauleen,

      Glad you enjoyed the post! I had a blast with this one. We can all certainly relate!

  2. Loved your list to! I have Genie OCD and proud of it. LOL :)

    1. Kim,

      Glad you liked the post. Think there is no way to avoide Genie OCD!

  3. These are absolutely classic, Deb! You could repost this every year and I would still think, "Yep, that's me." Love it!

    1. Shelley,

      Thanks for stopping by and reading the post! Once bitten by the genealogy bug you never want to be cured. Long live Genealogy OCD!