A Genealogist’s Poem by Mel Oshins

I found this on Melissa Duggins’ Family Tree Page
(Sorry, Melissa’s page is no longer online)

Thanks Melissa!

Sound like anyone YOU know?


They think that I should cook and clean, and be a model wife.
I tell them it’s more interesting to study Grandpa’s life.

They simply do not understand why I hate to go to bed.
I’d rather do two hundred years of research work instead.

Why waste the time we have on earth just snoring and asleep?

We have Priests, Rabbis, lawmen, soldiers, more than just a few.
And yes, there’s many scoundrels, and a bootlegger or two.

How can a person find this life and awful drudge or bore?
When we can live the lives of all those folks who came before?

A hundred years from now of course, no one will ever know,
whether I did laundry, but they’ll see our Tree and glow…

‘Cause their dear old granny left for them, for all posterity,
not clean

My home may be untidy, ’cause I’ve better things to do…
I’m checking all the records to provide us with a clue.

Old great granny’s pulling, roots and branches out with glee,
her clothes ain’t hanging out to dry, she’s hung up on the Tree!!!

Mel Oshins
(May 22, 1928 – January 19, 2011)

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