Sorcha: A relative of mine is going to be coming by soon to borrow the genealogy data my father assembled as a sort of a hobby after he retired. (He always said it was like collecting stamps.) I thought, "How nice to know that someone in the family is so interested in the family history that he will take time out on this rare trip from his home in Alaska to look into this tedious material." Well, it turns out he is really primarily interested in authenticating an old revolver from the Civil War that has wound up in his hands.
I'd rather try to learn if we are related to the Elizabeth Paton who bore Rabbie Burns' first illegitimate child! Now I could get excited about that! Different strokes, I guess.