We have all had it happen!
You get to a party or gathering and ask what you think is a pretty tame, bland, or innocuous question of someone. They then proceed to answer you with an hour long dissertation all the while you are trapped in the corner with them. Empty drink glass in hand, watching all the delicious hors d'oeuvres get eaten by others, and the revelry continue just beyond your reach.
So as the holiday season begins to approach, I offer this advice to anyone who is lucky enough to have a family history buff or genealogist in the family.
I suggest you write these down on a 3 x 5 card and stick them in your pocket, purse, or wallet for quick reference. At one party or another you are bound to silently say 'thank you, Scott!'
Twelve Questions to Never Ask a Genealogist Unless You Have Bundles of Time:
1. So, tell me about yourself?
2. Gee, what kind of a last name is that?
3. Heard any good stories lately?
4. So tell me, do you have a hobby?
5. Where are you from?
6. Have you ever seen that TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?"
7. Do you really think there's anything to those DNA tests they do for ancestry now days?
8. Do you see a family resemblance?
9. Got any family photos?
10. Heard from anyone in the family lately?
11. Have you read any good books lately?
12. What do you do in your spare time?
Just remember you have been warned.
Enjoy your day, have a blast at your next party, and be careful of what you ask!
Onward To Our Past
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