Which Famous Detective are You?

One of the great aspects of genealogy is the detective work we get to do.

If famous book and TV detectives were active family historians, which one would you be most like? Take our short seven question quiz to find out!

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Which of the following aspects of family history research is the most important or interesting for you?

If someone was to see your work space and observe you research for the first time, they would probably think…

How do you balance the use of records with more scientific techniques like DNA analysis?

How do you feel about sharing your research of findings?

Sometimes there are rules, fees to be paid, procedures to follow. How are your scruples?

How social are you with your research?

How confident are you in the quality of your research?

Which Famous Detective are You?
I got Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock probably needs no introduction.

As the most famous detective of all time, Sherlock was known for his special character. For Sherlock, the investigation was all about solving puzzles through the use of logic and reasoning. Tidiness was certainly not one of Sherlock's traits but he operated in a special kind of organised chaos. Despite his space looking messy and disorganised to everyone around him, Sherlock knew exactly where to put his hands on whatever record or piece of evidence he needed.

Although he would, when required, work with different methods, Sherlock loved science and was sooner to be found sniffing ash or licking at possible poisons than talking with suspects. If DNA testing had been available in his day, he would definitely be involved.

Sherlock didn't need credit for his work and was very happy to pass on his results to others so that they could use it however necessary. He worked with a small group of trusted colleagues and would often break rules (where they could not) to get results. Any means to an end.

Despite being very good at what he did, Sherlock wasn't arrogant enough to think he was the best detective in the world. Even if, he quite possibly was. He certainly knew he was good though and - like you - he would have made a great addition to the community at Evidentree.

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I got Hercule Poirot.

Poirot was such a brilliant detective that he insisted people recognise him for his work. When he solved cases, the credit should go to him. Had he been a family historian, he would have kept his tree private. Poirot was extremely fussy with appearance and organisation.

Poirot was far from interests in solving crimes by sniffing at ash or studying used cigars, rather he liked to really study the psychology of the victims and perpetrators. Delving deep into the individual.

He was also a man aware of his roots, quick to correct anyone who mistook him for French and to defend his Belgian home.

Poirot mostly played by the rules but there were situations where he would break them, for example where doing so would result in a better outcome for more people. Not overly social in his work, Poirot predominantly worked with one or two trusted colleagues.

He was a very confident and self-assured detective and considered himself to be one of, if not the best, detectives in the world. Poirot - like you - would have made a great addition to the Evidentree community.

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I got Father Brown.

Father Brown was a jovial and friendly parish priest who spent his time, solving crimes, more as an effort to save souls than to catch criminals. He was collecting people for God. As a family historian, he would perhaps have been inclined to focus on building as big a tree as possible.

Quite a social fellow, Father Brown would work with anyone he met during his investigations and he would focus on getting to know them, to learn their needs and to then meet those.

A man of faith, Father Brown played by the rules and frowned on those waylaid sheep who didn't. He was happy to share his discoveries with those around him and he kept things nicely organised. Father Brown - like you - would have made a great addition to the Evidentree community.

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I got Miss Marple.

Working in a well organized and methodical fashion, Marple was happiest using traditional methods in her investigations.

A sociable woman, she was happy to work with almost anyone and to then also share her results with anyone who would listen. She would want credit for it though, to be known. This social aspect of his work was definitely her main motivator.

Marple was an absolute stickler for rules and continued to try and improve on her skills as a detective.

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I got Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

A well-organized investigator, Gibbs was happiest using traditional means and approaches to his work.

Despite having a team at his disposal, Gibbs played his cards close to his chest, preferring to work with one or two trusted partners and keeping results just within his team.

Despite not always feeling so confident about his abilities, Gibbs always gave a huge effort and did things by the book.

As someone who loved what he did for the way it kept his brain alert and his hours filled, Gibbs - like you - would have been a great addition to the Evidentree family history community.

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I got Endeavour Morse.

Morse was a confident detective who was highly motivated by the thrill of solving puzzles through logic and reasoning. He predominantly worked alone or with just one trusted colleague and he also kept his results between only those who needed to be involved.
>br /> Impeccably organized, Morse was definitely a user of traditional methods and getting to the source at the source.

Where necessary, Morse would break a rule or two if it helped to get a result. He - like you - would have made a great addition to the Evidentree community.

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I got Adrian Monk.

Adrian Monk was an extraordinary detective with exceptional observation skills. Suffering from severe OCD and other anxiety disorders, Adrian kept his research impeccably organized.

Monk was motivated by his desire to solve puzzles and mysteries, much like many family historians love the sleuthing skills involved in genealogy. He would be happy to use any record sources, modern or traditional, so long as they moved his research forward.

As someone not so confident socially, Monk only worked with a few select people at a time. He was happy to share his results where they would be used wisely and while acknowledging he made mistakes too, he was confident in his abilities.

Monk - like you - would have made a great addition to the Evidentree community. You can join here or in the form below for free and start connecting with family historians researching the same people and places as you, today.

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I got Gil Grissom.

OK, so Gil Grissom is a scientist and used to technology, so it's no surprise that he would definitely be going ahead with DNA analysis and digital records were he a family historian.

Grissom is social in his work and collaborates with a team. He is also happy to share his results but he would want credit for this. In fact, the social aspect of his work is his main motivation. He would make a great member of the Evidentree family history social network

Grissom is confident in his abilities and would not be adverse to breaking the rules occasionally if it means getting results.

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I got William Edward (Jack) Frost.

A man who was happy to break rules to get the job done, Frost was motivated to get as many criminals off the street as possible. He worked with only a couple of close contacts.

While he was prepared to share his results with anyone who was interested, Frost was unfortunately terribly disorganized. When he did get around to working, he most often had no idea where things were or what was happening.

He probably didn't think he was too good at what he did but he was always trying to improve. Frost - like you - would have made a great addition to the Evidentree community.

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I got Christopher Foyle.

Foyle was a well-organized detective who was happy to use a mix of traditional methods with a few modern ones. He liked to learn new skills as he worked.

Happy to work in a small team and to share his results where the could be wisely used, Foyle was able to recognize the quality of his work whilst also admitting to his mistakes. He would be very welcome in the Evidentree family history community.

Foyle loved to solve puzzles through the use of logic and reasoning. When doing so, he always did things by the book, being a stickler for rules and honesty.

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I got Temperance (Bones) Brennan.

Due to not being very socially apt, Brennan surprises us by being a university tutor, sharing her methods and findings with many people around her. That said, her motivation is certainly not social, rather, she is motivated by solving as many crimes as she can. As a family historian, she would probably be building as big a tree as possible.

As an anthropologist, it stands to reason that Brennan would definitely be happy to use modern techniques and DNA testing to move her family history forward.

Brennan is well organized and generally plays things by the book. She - like you - would have made a great addition to the Evidentree community.

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