Jul 312011

This week’s challenge in Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is:
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!

My first inklings of genealogical OCD came after reading TennLady’s posts on OCFRD (Obsessive Compulsvie Family Research Disorder.  So I have pondered my obsessions (irrational feelings of fear and anxiety) and compulsions (uncontrollable repetitive behaviors).  I have to admit that I can’t surpass the wonderfully written SNGF response by Staats Place.   Chris Staats didn’t give us a list, instead we have a post that simply demonstrates Genealogy OCD.  Well done!

I have one obsession (fear, anxiety) to share:  morbidly afraid that I will put a period where a comma should be (or neglect to use italics in the proper place) when I cite a source.  As a result I fear being “outed” by some member of the citation police so that my genealogical research will be forever held in disrepute and discounted by all, including my family.

My compulsion (repetitive behavior) is every day searching (Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest, FamilySearch, Footnote.com, etc.) the 1910 census records of Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio, for some evidence of my great-grandfathers’ family…   checking the same resources with the same results every day (no Lloyd and Mary Ellen Brenner).   I know, I’ve checked those records (general searches as well as reviewing each page of Youngstown census records) many times before, but maybe just one more time will find what I am looking for.

OK!  OK!  Would somebody please direct me to the Genealogy Shrink.  I need help!!!

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