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Genealogist's Humor

Everyone knows that they have many, many ancestors, but did you realize:
Of course, there is only one YOU, and you have:
Generation 2 - 2 parents
Generation 3 - 4 grandparents
Generation 4 - 8 gr-grandparents
Generation 5 - 16 gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 6 - 32 gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 7 - 64 gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 8 - 128 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 9 - 256 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 10 - 512 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 11 - 1,024 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 12 - 2,048 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 13 - 4,096 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 14 - 8,192 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 15 - 16,384 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 16 - 32,768 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 17 - 65,536 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 18 - 131,072 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 19 - 262,144 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 20 - 524,288 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents
Generation 21 - 1,048,576 gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr- grandparents
And you want to know if I am finished with our family tree?

  1. My family coat of arms ties at the back....is that normal?
  2. My family tree is a few branches short! All help appreciated
  3. My ancestors must be in a witness protection program!
  4. Shake your family tree and watch the nuts fall!
  5. My hobby is genealogy, I raise dust bunnies as pets.
  6. How can one ancestor cause so much TROUBLE??
  7. I looked into my family tree and found out I was a sap.
  8. Genealogists don't die ... they just lose their census.
  9. I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged
  10. I'm searching for myself; Have you seen me ?
  11. If only people came with pull-down menus and on-line help...
  12. Isn't genealogy fun? The answer to one problem, leads to two more!
  13. It's the 21st Century... Do you know where your-Great-G. Grandparents are?
  14. A family reunion is an effective form of birth control
  15. A family tree can wither if nobody tends it's roots
  16. A new cousin a day keeps the boredom away
  17. After 30 days, unclaimed ancestors will be adopted
  18. Am I the only person up my tree... sure seems like it
  19. Any family tree produces some lemons, some nuts and a few bad apples
  20. Ever find an ancestor HANGING from the family tree?
  21. FLOOR: The place for storing your priceless genealogy records.
  22. Gene-Allergy: It's a contagious disease, but I love it
  23. Genealogists are time unravellers
  24. Genealogy is like playing hide and seek: They hide... I seek!
  25. Genealogy: Tracing yourself back to better people
  26. "Crazy" is a relative term in my family
  27. A pack rat is hard to live with, but makes a fine ancestor
  28. I want to find ALL of them! So far I only have a few thousand ...
  29. I should have asked them BEFORE they died!
  30. I think my ancestors had several "Bad heir" days
  31. I'm always late. My ancestors arrived on the JUNEflower
  32. Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards as progress
  33. Share your knowledge, it is a way to achieve immortality
  34. Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools!
  35. Many a family tree needs pruning
  36. Shh! Be very, very quiet.... I'm hunting forebears.
  37. Snobs talk as if they had begotten their own ancestors!
  38. That's strange: half my ancestors are WOMEN!
  39. I'm not sick, I've just got fading genes
  40. Genealogists live in the past lane
  41. Cousins marrying cousins: Very tangled roots!
  42. Cousins marrying cousins: A non-branching family tree
  43. Alright! Everybody out of the gene pool!
  44. Always willing to share my ignorance....
  45. Documentation...The hardest part of genealogy
  46. Genealogy: Chasing your own tale!
  47. Genealogy...will I ever find time to mow the lawn again?
  48. That's the problem with the gene pool: NO Lifeguards
  49. I researched my family tree... and apparently I don't exist!
  50. SO MANY ANCESTORS...........................SO LITTLE TIME!

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me,
.....Twelve census searches,
.....Eleven possible matches,
....Ten email Officers,
.....Nine headstone rubbings,
.....Eight birth and death dates,
.....Six second cousins,
.....Five coats of arms!
.....Four GEDCOM files
.....Three old wills
.....Two CD-ROMs
.....And a branch in my family tree!
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