A Genealogy Swear Word

swearFor those of you who prefer serious posts, this is the time to move on.

In reviewing a series of Union Civil War pension files, one of the affidavits indicated that the veteran’s birth was recorded in the family Bible along with the births of his thirteen siblings. Of course the other thirteen were not named in the affidavit nor were their dates of birth copied. It felt like a big tease.

Since I was home, I said one of those words that I sometimes say.

Then I realized that I need a “genealogy swear word.” A word that genealogists consider an expletive, but yet is library appropriate. That way when one is in an archives, public library, courthouse, or the Family History Library, the genealogy swear word can be said when one is faced with frustration when using or interpreting a record.

Because saying (@*#$& at the Family History Library generates quite a few looks from the missionaries.


In all fairness to the Civil War pension file that only included the date of birth of the veteran, it is worth noting that the pension application was not interested in the veteran’s siblings. Since they were not germane to his claim, there was no need to include them.

My frustration does not change the fact that records were created for other purposes besides genealogical research and that we need to keep those purposes in mind.


6 thoughts on “A Genealogy Swear Word

  1. From “The Fighting Littles” high school play from my youth…the father (based apparently on the father from Cheaper by the Dozen) would say “SCHICKLEBITS!” with gusto. I’ve used it
    ever since when somewhere that didn’t lend itself to real swearing.

  2. my dad, born 1922, was in a club at school that was all about using good language only. No swearing allowed. He would always say “Yee Gads” when he heard something outrageous. We all thought it was funny.

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