31 Funny Genealogy Quotes That Will Have Your Ancestors Rolling in Their Graves

As much fun as we have researching the history of our families, the process can at times feel daunting. And when you hit a brick wall with your research, you know how important it is to step away once in a while and then come back with a clear, frustration-free mind. Here at Crestleaf, we find that laughter is one great way to beat research-induced stressors, so we’ve compiled some of the funniest genealogy quotes and sayings to give you some much-needed comic relief!

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31 Funny Genealogy Quotes & Sayings

1.) “Some family trees bear an enormous crop of nuts.” — Wayne H.

2.) “He who has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.” — Old English proverb

3.) “Genealogists never die, they just lose their roots.” — Unknown

4.) “‘Genealogy:’ Tracing yourself back to people better than you are.” — John Garland Pollard

5.) “I don’t have to look up my family tree because I know that I’m the sap.” — Fred Allen

6.) “We’ve uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business.” — Jimmy Carter

7.) “Any family tree produces some lemons, some nuts and a few bad apples.” — Unknown

8.) “Most people get excited over new cars; I get excited over death certificates. It’s no wonder my husband worries about my state of mind.” — Rett MacPherson, Family Skeletons

9.) “Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.” — Mark Twain

10.) “Southerners are so devoted to genealogy that we see a family tree under every bush.” — Florence King

11.) “My hobby is genealogy. I raise dust bunnies as pets.” — Unknown

12.) “I’m not stuck: I’m ancestrally challenged!” — Unknown

13.) “Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate.” — Unknown

14.) “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” — Mark Twain

15.) “Genealogy: An account of one’s descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.” — Ambrose Bierce

16.) “I trace my family history so I will know who to blame.” — Unknown

17.) “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” — George Bernard Shaw

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18.) “Genealogy: Collecting dead relatives and sometimes a live cousin!” — Unknown

19.) “Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.” — Unknown

20.) “Shake your family tree and watch the nuts fall!” — Unknown

21.) “Before most people start boasting about their family tree, they usually do a good pruning job.” — O.A. Battista

22.) “Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground.” — Francis Bacon

23.) “My family coat of arms ties at the back…is that normal?” – Unknown

24.) “Eventually, all genealogists come to their census.” — Unknown

25.) “I researched my family tree…and apparently I don’t exist!” — Unknown

26.) “The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.” — Sam Levenson

27.) “I found a cuckoo’s nest in my family tree.” — Unknown

28.) “Family tree research is one giant step backwards and one giant step forward—usually at the same time.” — Unknown

29.)  “Adam and Eve must have found genealogy very boring.” — Unknown

30.) “A genealogist is someone who knows that all grandparents are great grandparents!” — Unknown

31.) “Genealogy is sometimes about proving that bad family traits came from the other side of the tree.” — Unknown

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