It is true Genealogy is Ruthless. It is not for the weak and weary. I have found in meeting fellow genealogist they seem to have a lot of attributes in common.
1--Many of them come from a profession of engineering, documentation, or record keeping of some kind.
2--They seem to have learnt the disciplines, and pit falls of documenting anything.
3--They are people who can see the whole picture while also being able to stick to small details.
4--They are stubborn (I wonder how many have ancestors from Missouri where "You don't believe until you see it with your own eyes"?)
5--Over 50% are compassionate yet have grown some rather hard shells (some of these stories are heartbreaking!) It is surprising to see very sweet, small in stature, ladies doing genealogy but as you talk to them ---- they are as hard as nails about the realities of life.
6--The remaining 40-something % are men.
7-- Intelligent -- these people are informed, savvy, and gadget happy!! Keeping alert to all new highly technical releases-- they are there to explore ways to apply it to genealogy.
8-- They are PIONEERS!!!!! A lot of our generation (50+) pioneered the cyber space and now we are pioneering and compiling this vast wasteland of documentations. We leave no stone unturned beating down, novels, Bibles, personal letters (did I also mention we have no-sense of decorum when exposing very personal and private communications?) court records, cemeteries are packed with genealogist ----
9--Genealogist are goal driven ---They get things done!
10-- Friendly!!! They are just about the most fun people I know.
11--Helpful --- Willing to help others get started, find elusive relatives, or just give encouragement.
12-- And have a lot of time to devote to this crazy obsession.
There are more similarities but we also are always in a hurry to get back to our research!! So more later ----