You know you are addicted to family history when….

25 Mar

You know you are addicted to family history when you take half a day holiday from work and spend £11.90 on a train ticket, to visit London so you can check two baptism records!

I’m sure there have been many posts like this on genealogy blogs the world over, but I think it is time to admit that I have a problem, I am addicted to genealogy.

The aim of my trip was to try and find out if my 3x great grandfather Thomas KINGHORN was baptised in Carlisle, Cumberland, England (yes, I still hadn’t found the answer to that one). I knew the records were at the London Family History Centre, and I had some other stuff to check if I had time or if my first search was negative, so it wouldn’t be a complete waste of time.

So, it wouldn’t be a waste of time, but even to me in retrospect it seemed a little extreme or extravagant. This is why I think I am addicted, the need to be researching my family history is so strong now that I cannot last a week without visiting a record office!

I don’t think there is any way I can cure my addiction to family history, but I may be able to cut back on my consumption. So I am going to make a promise to myself and the blogosphere, that starting in April I will restrict myself to one record office/archive visit a month. There is plenty of research I can do without setting foot inside a record office, and it will give me an excuse to catch up with lots of sorting out I should be doing.

Besides, there are still five days  before the start of April!

2 Responses to “You know you are addicted to family history when….”

  1. Alex March 26, 2009 at 4:23 am #

    That’s a brave resolution – fortunately (or unfortunately) the first batch of LMA records have popped up on Ancestry today, so I’m not sure about your chances of catching up with the sorting!

  2. wanderinggenealogist March 26, 2009 at 7:08 am #

    Yes I saw those last night, I couldn’t resist having a quick search, unfortunately my old subscription doesn’t cover the new records, and I have four months left before it is due for renewal. I have asked Ancestry what happens to those outstanding months if I upgrade, so until I have an answer I will keep out, otherwise I will end up spending a fortune on PPV credits!

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