My 14-year-old son, Evan, who once proclaimed, "But Dad, I thought genealogy was boring...this is so...much...fun!" (read about it here) reacted a little differently as we did genealogy together last night.
After finding one of his ancestors in a census record, some of the information did not match up with what he had previously found. The age was off a little bit for the mother of the family. Seeing his concern, I explained to him that sometimes we find conflicting information in our research and so we need to corroborate our findings with more research. We went on to find the family in two more censuses, and we found even more conflicting information, yet the picture was becoming more clear. After, I suggested we look in yet another record to which he responded,
"So in a way, genealogy is kind of creepy?"
I asked, "what do you mean - creepy?"
He said, "well, stalcker-ish!"
Laughing, I responded, "Right! We're trying to learn as much as we can about our ancestors, aren't we!"
As soon as this part of the conversation came to a close, I thought to write it down. Evan asked, "what are you doing?" I responded, "this is going in my next book."