52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy: Week 1 – Blogs

One of the first genealogy blogs that I discovered was the blog of Dear Myrtle. She shared family stories and published a wonderful series on getting organized. She started on AOL in the 1990s as one of the genealogists who published articles under the genealogy-related keywords of the AOL system. She has been online since 1985 and has changed to use the new technologies as each has developed including blogging, podcasts, her own YouTube channel and new versions of genealogy software as it is released.

She is as down-to-earth and friendly in person as in her online podcasts, posts, and YouTube videos. I met her at the 2009 genealogy conference in Little Rock, Arkansas and it was a pleasurable experience.

I still follow her blog posts. She gives excellent advice for the beginner to the advanced genealogist. Check out her blog at http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/.

 


 

 

Week 1 – Blogs: Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?

 


 

What Is Abundant Genealogy?

There are so many websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogy societies and other resources for which many of us are grateful. We live in a time of “abundance” when we can take advantage of many ways to expand our genealogy research and ways in which we document our family history.

While we might be aware of many of these resources, posting about them on your blog serves several purposes:

  • You make others aware of the resource – remember what is obvious to you might be the first time another genealogist has heard about the resources.
  • You also let others know how you use that resource. Share your “inside knowledge” as well as your tips and tricks. Again, another genealogist may sit back and say, “Wow, I never thought of using it like that!”
  • You give thanks and recognition to the providers of that resource. A thank you not only goes a long way, but it also lets them know why you like that resource.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 43 – Emigration / Migration / Immigration

I have never lived overseas, in fact, I have never even visited anywhere overseas. I wouldn’t want to live overseas but I might like to visit other countries. I have read some books that featured Greece, Italy, and Rome as well as England as locations and I have often thought that I might like to visit the places that served as the backdrop for the stories. One of my favorite authors, Nora Roberts, has used Ireland frequently as the location of her books and though I often feel like I have visited there when I am reading the book I think it would be wonderful to actually visit!

My ancestors for at least 4 generations on all my direct lines have lived within the United States but my ancestors emigrated from at least England, possibly Ireland and Germany.


 

This week’s prompt is – Emigration / Migration / Immigration

Have you ever lived overseas from your place of birth?
Would you want to?
Could you?
Did your ancestors or even a more recent generation?
Do you feel akin to another Country from that in which you were born?
If so have you found any ancestral links in your research that perhaps explains those feelings?
As always share (or not) examples, photographs and perhaps events or rationale

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 42 – Handwriting

I actually have pretty nice handwriting most of the time. I enjoy the experience of writing by hand in this digital world but don’t get me wrong I love my gadgets. I have actually combined both with the Surface and Onenote. I use onenote to keep all my work and personal notes and most of them are handwritten with the surface pen.

It is taken for granted today that everyone over the age of the first couple of grades of school can read and write. Most of my ancestors back through the mid-1800s were literate although most of them only had a few grades of school before they had to quit to take care of their families. It was quite common in Arkansas and other areas of the south for boys and girls to quit school to help with the family farm by about the age of 13 and many even younger.

Several of my ancestors were school teachers and preachers so most of the ancestor can read and write.

 

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This week’s prompt is – Handwriting

Add to your Book of Me an example of your handwriting.
Share some examples of your ancestors – parents, Grandparents, etc
Has your handwriting changed over time?
Perhaps include some samples of younger generations?
In this digital age our descendants will marvel at our handwriting for very different reasons when compared to us marvelling at our ancestors handwriting. We take for granted that we can probably write. That in the past was not a given right.

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 41 – Blood Group

I don’t know my blood group. I am sure that it is on file with my doctor but I don’t know what it is. I do know that I have a blood condition called Factor 5 Lignin that makes it more likely for me to have blood clots and so I have to take a daily dose of blood thinner medication to keep the risk of blood clots lowered.


 

This week’s prompt is – Blood Group

Do you know your blood group? Many people don’t.
In fact here in the UK many General Practitioners (family doctors) do not even know or have it on record.
A simple and yet important snippet of information.
Do you have a popular blood group?
What about other members of your family?

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 39 – Do you have a safe place?

I don’t really have a safe place. I keep things I must not loose in my bedroom in the drawers of my media center or on top of the dresser. I keep important papers in the file cabinet by the office desk. Family mementos and pictures I have scanned or photographed and I keep them in the cloud as digital images as well as on an external harddrive so that I will be able to keep them forever and share them with my niece and nephews and the rest of the family.

When I just want to take time out, I go for a drive, sit in the chair in my room and relax in front of the tv or take a long bubble bath with a book.


 

This week’s prompt is – Do you have a safe place?

  • This can be somewhere that you gravitate to, to make decisions or reflect
  • Somewhere you go to think
  • Somewhere you go to take time out
  • Somewhere you keep things you must not loose
    • or do you have more than one safe place?

Having looked at the prompt hints have you changed that immediate thought?

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.