Approximately five years ago, a family history blogger, J. Paul Hawthorne, a.k.a. the GeneaSpy, came up with a simple process of keeping track of his family’s birthplaces, using color-coded charts. He posted his idea on his blog, and that idea inspired others. What started as an easy way for him to trace his family places of origin quickly went viral, and amateur genealogists everywhere answered the call to color-code their charts.
When Newspapers.com recently offered three-days of unlimited access to their digitized newspaper collection, yours truly, being ever frugal and always researching, logged on and searched away.
First, I dug into all those brick-wall ancestors and soon hit paydirt, finding a few particularly private ones buried in the yellowed newsprint. Although none of these articles named these dead-end ancestors’ parents, they did provide some insight into the lives they led.
Happy, happy, joy, joy, happy, happy, joy! Today is my 10th Blogiversary! A whole decade of blogging about our families’ history, personal stories, and book reviews. Wow! Where has the time gone?
Never have I ever wanted to see the back-end of a year more than 2020. It certainly was a tough one for us all. On this first day of 2021, as I slam the door on last year, I wanted to take some time to reflect on my blog’s 2020 stats and contemplate the year that lies ahead.
Several months ago, my supervisor asked if I would be willing to pen a feature article for our monthly newsletter that goes out to educators and children’s advocates across the state. Of course, I agreed. (I am a writer, after all.)
I then pitched an idea that I had been thinking about for some time: families using family history/genealogy to connect to each other and to “something more.”
This month, that article was published. And, because I am, after all, a family history blogger, I am sharing it with you.