The Family Tree Magazine staff enjoyed showing off our CDs, webinars and forthcoming Family Tree Legacies book, and sharing genealogy tips with coworkers. I think one guy is searching the free 1911 Irish census as I type this.
The best part was our guessing game. For a chance to win a prize, our colleagues guessed the identity of this object, commonly used in the course of genealogy research:
Here were some of their guesses (obviously, we’re dealing with some wise guys here):
- “toddler’s crayon”
- “fossilized chocolate cake”
- “worry stone” (over those unsolved brick walls, we presume)
- “paper weight”
- “scrubber to get your pen started” (huh?)
- “thumbprinter thingie”
- “It’s used to help you separate papers. You rub your fingers on it so you can easily rifle through your records”
- “a secret listening device”
- “a template for drawing circles for names on your family tree”
- “a starter for the center of your family tree”
What’s your guess?
The correct answer is tombstone rubbing wax, used for making impressions of tombstones. The astute Holly Davis, an editor over at The Artist’s Magazine, is the winner of a scrapbook album kit!
For step-by-step instructions on making tombstone rubbings (including ensuring the stone is sound), see this FamilyTreeMagazine.com article.
And to avoid arrest while making said tombstone rubbing, read our Now What? blog post.