May I Introduce To You . . . Amy Coffin

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It is my pleasure to introduce Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog! Her site is part genealogy conversation, part research journal, and part anything else Amy wants to talk about!

Amy started her blog as an outlet where she could talk about genealogy without bothering those around her who might not be interested in the subject. She started her family history journey by accident less than two years ago: Amy was doing a bit of research to answer a question about her great-grandfather’s ancestry. After getting her answer, more questions came up which led her to needing more answers and thus the addiction cycle began! In Amy’s words, “. . . and the rest is family history!”

Amy’s Family and Her Blog

Amy’s parents read her blog regularly. She knows when she has written a “good” post, because Amy receives a call from her parents within a couple of hours after the post has been published! Amy has invited other family members to read her blog and she has decided to leave it at that. Most of her family and non-genealogy friends do not follow We Tree, which is fine with her as well. Amy feels that she has a good audience of readers interested in genealogy. She is more concerned about preserving the history of her ancestors and making information available for future generations.

How Amy Follows the Rest of Us

Amy uses Google Reader to follow the blog posts from the genealogy blogging community. She subscribes to about 460 blogs, 300 of which are genealogy blogs. That number grows weekly when GeneaBloggers announces the newest blogs. Amy also uses Google Alerts and she has several alerts set up for her more unusual surnames. When one of those surnames shows up on Google – whether it is a blog post, a website or a news story – a message and a link to the item appear in Google Reader. Amy also uses Google Reader shortcuts, to get through a number of blog posts read each day.

Amy’s Thoughts On Starting a Blog

Amy had no hesitation about starting a blog and since she was anxious to start talking about her family history, she dove right in. With her unusual surnames, Amy wanted to post about them in hopes of meeting new cousins. This was a motivation factor to get started right away. Amy is happy that she didn’t hesitate since she immediately met so many kind, supportive genealogy bloggers. Had she waited, who knows how long it may have taken to meet them!

Amy feels that a genealogy blog doesn’t need a specific focus, a fancy layout or scholarly posts. We Tree has none of these elements. “If you’re hesitant to start a genealogy blog, just take the plunge, don’t try to make everything perfect before you publish your first words. Your voice, your style, and your groove will come in time. The experience is so rewarding, you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.”

Amy’s blog projects a “being at home” feeling with her trademark Texas state-shaped waffle logo which is very clever and unique! I had the pleasure of having lunch with Amy along with Elizabeth O’Neal from Little Bytes of Life at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree at Burbank, California in June 2009, and it was great chatting with her.

Also, check out Amy’s latest article ProGen Study Group: An Online Education Opportunity published at GeneaBloggers. Amy is a member of ProGen and highly recommends the experience.

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Please take a moment and stop by We Tree.  As I read Amy’s posts, I feel as if I am part of her family since her blog is a pleasure to read. Leave a comment to let Amy know you stopped by.

Also stop by and visit AmyCoffin.com which is her genealogy research and services site. Amy is committed to helping others interested in genealogy.

Member: AIIP, APG, NGS, TXLA
Facebook: Amy Lenertz Coffin
Twitter: ACoffin

© 2009, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, working full-time, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her six (soon to be seven) grandchildren!

Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Gini Webb via e-mail.

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