The search for a successor starts early


I came up with this cartoon to poke fun at myself—I recently attended my great-nephew’s 1st birthday party and found myself pondering whether he would become interested in family history, and I just had to laugh at myself. Poor little fellow. He can’t yet speak beyond ‘mama’ and ‘dada,’ and here I am projecting ‘family historian’ on him!

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  1. I hope you find someone suitable. It upsets me that my interest in all of the genealogy my father compiled did not start until after he passed away and I inherited it all. He would have been so happy that somebody appreciated all of his work. I’m hoping that after I put together a genealogy book (someday — in retirement) on the Rogers-Trewin family, someone there will take up the hobby.

  2. Barbara Brodhead

    Cute cartoon! Yes, it is our desire that our children will come to love and appreciate family history as much as we do!

    Sent from my iPhone


    • I think — given you have 8 kids! — the odds are on your side!!! But like I said to Marty, below, I do think that someone eventually surfaces who becomes the family history champion. I’ll hope to be surprised!

  3. You’ll probably have to wait until the kid turns 60, which seems the usual age for developing an interest in genealogy. 🙂 –Curt

  4. Who, but you, can teach him to say great-great-great-grand-dada?

  5. I also have looked around my family to see who would be the one to be the keeper of our history. Looks like I may donate it to a library or such.

    • Well, I hope someone surfaces for you. It would be a shame not to have a family member become the caretaker of all your hard work. Someone (can’t remember who) wrote a post not too long ago about how one should think twice about donating items to a library or museum. I guess places like that can become a bit of a black hole if they get inundated with lots of family histories and memorabilia. At least now info can be digitized and more easily shared than in yesteryear. NJ Historical Society has some archives deposited there by some of my well-meaning ancestors sometime during the last century, but now one has to physically go there, which is not necessarily an easy thing to do!

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