15 Genealogy Quotes We Love

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15 Genealogy Quotes We Love

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Here are 15 of our favorite quotes about family history. We hope you enjoy them!

1. Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

5. 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

6. 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


7. 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

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

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

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

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11. 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

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

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

14. 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

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

And just so we don’t forget to check our sources. 🙂



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  • Craig Lybbert
    November 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Sure enjoyed these, including the quotes added in the comments.
    One note; a word is missing in this quote; Research is what I’m doing when I don’t what I’m doing – Wernher von Braun, should have read; “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t KNOW what I’m doing – Wernher von Braun

    Thanks for this article

  • April 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    “Remember me in the family tree
    My name, my days, my strife;
    Then I’ll ride upon the wings of time
    And live an endless life.”

    –Linda Goetsch

    • Marie
      April 18, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Your comment is beautiful. May I include it in the family tree book I’m working on for my family?

    • Alice Simmons
      April 19, 2015 at 8:33 am

      I love your remarks, I would like very much to put it in my remarks to remember.

  • April 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    My favorite genie quote was by Hodding Carter: “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”

    • Carol
      April 25, 2015 at 7:16 am

      I like this one too. In fact, I included it as part of my daughter’s high school yearbook remembrance.

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