The Genealogist's Psalm


Genealogy is my pastime, I shall not stray; 
It maketh me to lie down and examine half-buried tombstones. 
It leadeth me into still court houses;
It restoreth my ancestral knowledge. 
It leadeth me in paths of census records, and ships’ passenger lists for my suname’s sake. 
Yea, though I walk through the shadows of research libraries and microfilm readers, 
I shall fear no discouragement, 
For a strong urge is within me; 
The curiosity and motivation they comforteth me. 
It demandeth preparation of storage space for the acquisition of countless documents; 
It anointest my head with burning midnight oil. 
My family group sheets runneth over. 
Surely, birth, marriage and death dates shall follow me all the days of my life; and, 
I shall dwell in the house of a family-history seeker forever. 

                                                                                                                    ~ Wildamae Brestal
                                                                                                                    From The Sunny Side of Genealogy by Fonda Baselt