Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Genealogy Sayings in Latin

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1) Find some of your favorite sayings, aphorisms, jokes, etc. They can be genealogy-related, or not.

2)  Translate them into Latin using Google Translate (

3)  Share them with us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status line or Google Plus Stream post (impress your non-genealogy friends with your Latin skills!).

4)  Of course, you could translate the Latin you read (on my blog, or the blogs of others) back into English (or your native language) using Google Translate too to see who was really funny, or mean, or romantic.  If you want to be really fancy, you could translate your sayings into any other language that uses Google Translate and really confuse all of us.  

These are the phrases I chose:

  • Et omne opus ludere
  • báisteach ann riamh ach pours sé
  • Muchas manos hacen trabajo liviano
  • Genealogie ohne Quellen ist Mythologie
  • Huiswerk vermydingstrategie: Genealogie

These are my translations of Randy’s phrases:

  • Genealogy without sources is mythology
  • Family is like fudge, sweet with a few nuts
  • Genealogy: Collecting dead relatives and sometimes a live cousin!
  • A family tree can wither if nobody finds its roots
  • When you search for ancestors, you find great friends!

I have to admit, I had to use to work out what the phrase that Google Translate came up with was meant to be.

This exercise showed that while Google Translate can help to translate single words, it doesn’t cope that well with phrases.