On Superman and Genealogy

Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | by Mark Tucker

To All Genealogy Super Heroes:

Since the 1940s and 50s, Superman has lead “a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.”  If Superman were a genealogist instead of a super hero what would he stand for?  I think he would still stand for truth. After all, the Genealogical Proof Standard is intended to systematically get us as close to the truth as possible when conducting genealogy research. But what would the other 2 points be?

Why do yo do family history? Can you summarize it in 3 main points?

Here is my attempt:

Truth, Preservation, and Connecting Generations

Here’s your challenge: Reply with the 3 main reasons you do genealogy. 


If possible, try to have it complete this sentence:

“As a genealogy super hero, I lead a never-ending battle…”


  1. Mark,

    I would add to your Truth:

    Preserving the Family Stories and clarifying the myths

    Impact of Family (ies) on the Community

    Comment by Russ — 20 Oct 2008 @ 12:04 pm

  2. 1. To find my roots, where did I come from?
    2. I like doing research
    3. All the nice people I meet doing research


    Comment by Charles Hansen — 20 Oct 2008 @ 12:49 pm

  3. “As a genealogy super hero, I lead a never-ending battle…

    to fight for detailed source citations,

    preserve family heirlooms

    and to overcome brick walls, (though not usually in a single bound).

    Comment by DearMYRTLE — 20 Oct 2008 @ 8:39 pm

  4. As a genealogy super hero, I lead a never-ending battle
    seeking those who walked softly across history,
    connecting the known family with the forgotten family,
    understanding our deep connection with the past.

    Comment by Dan Ford — 25 Oct 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  5. As a genealogy superhero, I try to find my ancestors faster than my descendants can produce, find the connection of why a will called one of the heirs half brother and try to tell all those ancestors with the same name apart.Naming in my family lines was easy. You just picked which one(s) the baby would be named after.

    Comment by Jon P Czarowitz — 30 Oct 2008 @ 11:48 pm

  6. As a Genealogy Superhero, I lead a never-ending battle to:

    1. Turn county clerks everywhere away from the dark side

    2. Save genealogists everywhere from the evil metermaids lurking outside every repository in the nation waiting to ruin a great research day with a parking ticket

    3. Change public opinion that genealogists are not geeky nerds – we can Happy Dance anyone under the table!

    Comment by Sheri Fenley — 5 Dec 2008 @ 9:20 am

  7. As a genealogy super hero, I lead a never-ending battle to…

    discover and preserve our family history for the future,
    share the family stories in a way the noninterested become interested, and
    prove the Internet CAN contain well documented family history research.

    Comment by Deborah Wesley — 11 Jan 2009 @ 4:44 pm

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