15 Genealogy Quotes We Love

15 Genealogy Quotes We Love:

Here are 15 of our favorite quotes about family history. Enjoy!

Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are lucky enough to be a genealogist, you are lucky enough. – Ruth Padilla

Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate. – Unknown

The past is not dead. It isn’t even past. – William Faulkner

Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living. – Unknown

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. – Helen Keller

If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. – Michael Crichton

We inherit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted. Each of us contains within this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise. – Edward Sellner

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t what I’m doing – Wernher von Braun

We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors wisdom. – Maya Angelou

To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root. – Chinese Porverb

Some family trees have beautiful leaves, and some have just a bunch of nuts. Remember, it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking. – Unknown

If we tried to sink the past beneath our feet, be sure the future would not stand. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren’t even mammals. – Robert Anton Wilson

The thing that interests me most about family history is the gap between the things we think we know about our families and the realities. – Jeremy Hardy

Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. – Mark Twain

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One thought on “15 Genealogy Quotes We Love”

  1. Carl Roache says:

    I like one that I created— with a little borrowing from Shakespeare— when I found out a multitude of connections on both of my grandparents paternal and maternal lines with the Anderson family:
    “O, what a tangled web we weave , when first we practice to conceive! “

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