Saturday’s Dilemma ~ A Quick Vent!

cousin1Last week I wrote a blog about my mistake of posting that I discovered that Barack Obama is my 10th cousin. I had posted it on my Facebook page, which is only for family. Some of my cousins were thrilled while some were not. The response to the blog was phenomenal. Most of the comments were great! However, I was surprised at some opinions some of the people gave.

One woman chastised me for posting anything about a living person. She stated that by Woman-Pointing-Her-Finger-006doing so I could damage the persons’ reputation or possibly cause harm to them. What? First, all I did was mention his name and say we are cousins. My blog was about my family and their reactions to the news. I gave no other information about him. Even if I did, his entire life is on the internet for all to read!

I was informed by another lady that I was a horrible person for disparaging a former President! She accused me of writing hateful comments about him. I went back and reread the blog and I don’t know which blog she read but I am 100% positive it wasn’t mine.

Agenda-692-800-800Last but not least, was a remark from a man who stated that political commentaries and agenda were not appropriate for Genealogy blogs. OK, once again I don’t know whose blog he read. Even on my Facebook page, I don’t do any commentary for or against any issue or person and my only agenda is to promote and encourage Genealogy!

I just felt I needed to vent a little. 90% of the people who read the blog and left a comment were wonderful and encouraging….Thank you! If you are part of the 10% may I suggest you read the blog through, thoroughly next time before commenting!


I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

10 thoughts on “Saturday’s Dilemma ~ A Quick Vent!

  1. People are dumb when it comes to politics and politicians. It doesn’t matter what you post or how you present it, there is always a handful who understand your words or message in whatever manner suites them. The haters are angry people with nothing real to be angry about. I quit several Facebook Genealogy pages and other forums because of similar incidents you describe in this post. It is unfortunate that people like them ruin the fun and excitement of any hobby – they are the poison of social media. And here I am on WordPress (as a result). I know you don’t need the encouragement, but chin up, ignore the haters, you know what you wrote and seem to be a moral and upstanding Genealogist. Keep on keeping on.

  2. Valerie, I’m shaking my head at some of the ignorance displayed by some people to stupid to keep their ignorant comments to themselves. As I’ve said before it’s your blog, it’s your Facebook page. If they don’t like what you write, they should scroll on by. Politics as a profession or a frame of mind have always played a role in history one way or another, and therefore, in genealogy. It helps / helped to shape and or explain how our ancestors lived and why they did certain things. Just my opinion.

  3. It often seems some people are actively seeking out something to take umbrage at, and the internet has created a ‘safe’ place for them to express their anger/unhappiness. But, it’s your blog, either ignore them, delete their comments, and/or block them. You don’t need their negativity in your life. You’re doing no wrong – just genealogy.

    1. Thank you Dara! I did send a personal note to each one that responded inappropriately and let them know my disappointment in them and there fighting, verbiage and rudeness. Most of them did apologised.

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