May I Introduce To You . . . Carolyn Calton Murphy

Carlyn Calton Murphy

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Carolyn Calton Murphy of the Family Tree Gal blog. Carolyn’s Internet persona is “Family Tree Gal” and her motto is “In every home, frame a family tree to strengthen your posterity.”

Carolyn strongly believes that, “it is important to REMEMBER—to remember those who have gone before, so that we can glean wisdom from the past (rather than stay stuck in it).” She also feels it’s very important to remember that our own place in the family line can powerfully and positively influence the future of many lives.

Carolyn is also the website owner of the Family Tree Quest blog described as, “… I am committed to acknowledging connections throughout the generations — past, present, and future – and igniting a sense of extraordinary family purpose in individuals in THIS generation. I am passionate about helping people discover ‘roots’ as well as strengthen the ‘branches’ of their family line.”

Carolyn encourages others to join the quest at Family Tree Quest and become “Generational Change-makers.” On her own blog, Carolyn uses (and offers to others for their use) daily blogging themes, which helps herself and others, keep in focus the fact that, “as we strengthen ourselves, we strengthen our entire family tree through the power of positive influence.”  Carolyn appreciates GeneaBloggers for featuring her Thankful Thursday theme at this time.

How Carolyn Got Started with Genealogy

Carolyn grew up in Long Beach, California and when she was about 12 years old, her parents would talk about family history. Carolyn began to see pedigree charts and family group sheets.  She was intrigued and wanted to know who the real people behind the names on the page were.  This led Carolyn to ask questions and finding out a little more about her family.

Carolyn was very fortunate to have family members who had already done quite a bit of research; so thankfully, many records came her way through inheritance. Carolyn is very happy to discover dates and places, but her great love is to find actual stories of their lives, and to really see how their influence has affected her.  In Carolyn’s own words, “I encourage others to preserve their personal and family history stories – both in verbal and written records.”

Carolyn’s Blog and Her Family

Carolyn’s followers include both her family and friends, and she appreciates them so much. Family and friends benefit so much just from the content posted to her blog, that Carolyn does not need to fill them verbally as much.

How Carolyn Follows the Rest of Us

Carolyn uses Google Reader to follow many genealogy bloggers. She also has an application on her LinkedIn page that she uses the most. She prefers these two methods to receiving updates via her email.

Carolyn’s Thoughts On Blogging

When Carolyn began her blog, she had no idea what to do so she just jumped in with both feet and figured she would learn whatever she needed to know. When she discovered GeneaBloggers, she was grateful and didn’t feel alone in her attempts to connect with others and make a difference.

Carolyn created her genealogy blog to be of assistance to others as a source of encouragement in achieving personal and family history goals. She also had a great desire to build a sense of community with others who wanted to strengthen lives in “this” generation.

Carolyn did have a concern about finding people to read her blog, but she didn’t let it stop her efforts. Since then, she had been asked to be a Blogger of Honor at the recently held 2011 Arizona Family History Expo event. Carolyn also received the Ancestor Approved Award (created by Leslie Ann, from the Ancestors Live Here blog) from Bill West over at the West In New England blog, “so, I guess I’m doing okay so far!”

Carolyn’s blog name came from being a calligrapher for over 20 years. Much of her time was spent penning family names on amazing family tree charts, which were suitable for framing. This was Carolyn’s work until her ability to write in calligraphy was compromised due to the lingering physical effects of several car accidents. Since then, she holds a strong conviction that framing a family tree for display in one’s home strengthens our ability to “remember.”  Choosing the name “Family Tree Gal” seemed perfect.  Carolyn feels, “if people don’t think of my real name, perhaps they’ll remember “Family Tree Gal” and know what I stand for.

In Carolyn’s own words, “thank you to all the great genea-bloggers who have paved the way for me to learn and grow, and to Thomas MacEntee, who founded such a great information resource—bringing together a community of amazing like-minded people.”

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Please take a moment and head on over to Carolyn’s blogs, leave her a message to let her know you stopped by.  Welcome Carolyn…it’s great to have you here!

© 2011, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now 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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