We've all experienced it. Beginning and seasoned genealogists do it as a reaction. It happens day or night. Other people hear it but don't understand it. It is often followed by the genealogy happy dance.
The Genealogy Scream comes in different forms. Sometimes it's a silent "YES!". Other times it's an audible "Hallelujah!". For some, it's a fist-pumping "hoo-hoo-hoo". When it happens in a library, other genealogists don't mind hearing it, because they've been there too.
I guess some Genealogy Screams are not filled with excitement.... "Where are you in the 1830 census!!!???" or "I thought you were born in Germany. That's what the Internet said!!!"
Wherever or however you experience your Genealogy Scream, it's something that all genealogists have in common. Our friends may not understand it, our families may be annoyed with it, and even our neighbors may tire of it, but genealogists share a bond. When nobody else cares, we know we can find another genealogist that does. I always look forward to genealogy seminars because I can finally talk with others who are actually interested in what I have to say.
Think back to either your first or your most recent Genealogy Scream. What was it like? Was it followed by the Happy Dance? Was anyone else around? If you did not have anyone else to share it with, we'll listen. Write your comments below.
...and here's to many more Genealogy Screams and Happy Dances....