May I Introduce To You . . . Donna Hansen Peterson

Donna Hansen Peterson

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Donna Hansen Peterson and her blog, Hanging From the Family Tree, described as, “. . . The main focus of my blog is stories and research about my grandchildren’s ancestors.  Since I am researching from my grandchildren’s point of view, I am also researching my husband’s and son-in-laws ancestors.”

Donna was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent her first 50 years there. After retirement, Donna and her husband moved to Naples, Florida. She currently lives in Texas.

How Donna Got Started in Genealogy

“I have been pursuing genealogy/family history as a hobby for about 15 years. I think I’ve always been interested in doing family history but it was a Christmas gift from my husband Dave that really got me started.  He gave me my first copy of Family Tree Maker.”

Donna’s Thoughts on Blogging

“During the Winter Olympics of 2010, Thomas MacEntee came up with a writing meme centered around both genealogy and the winter Olympics and it struck a chord with me since my husband and I had attended the Calgary Olympic Games in 1988.  I set myself some challenges and entered the games.  I’m proud of myself for continuing.  My writing track record in college was dismal!”

Donna’s Favorite Blog Post

“I think my favorite blog post is ‘A Tale of Two Johns – Solving the Mystery Using Technology’ I love it because I used both my research skills and deductive reasoning to explore the problem.”

Donna’s Tip for New Bloggers

“Don’t be afraid to commit to a blog.  There are no rules except that you enjoy what you are doing.  Use the available memes when they work or pick your own topic as the spirit moves you.  Blogs are very personal and only you make the rules.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Donna’s Life

“Genealogy has improved my problem solving and thinking skills because of the need to think outside the box.  If you can’t find a record one way, where else can you look for the information? How else can I spell that name?  Genealogy has also helped me become more outgoing as I enjoy helping others with their genealogy.  I volunteer at a local Family History Center as well as at our local library on a weekly basis.”

Donna’s Favorite Ancestor(s)

“It would be really hard to single out only one since I have so many memorable ones.   Could it be the Great-grandfather from Norway who as a composer left a musical legacy to treasure or my Irish Grandmother who knew lots of poetry by heart and told us about seeing the ‘little people’ and hearing the banshees scream.  Maybe it will be someone I haven’t even met yet.  I truly cannot pick one because they all speak to me in different voices.”

What Donna Loves Most About Genealogy

“I really love the hunt and searching for answers.  It took years to find my grandmother in the 1900 census even though I knew her name and age in addition to where she lived.  Her step-father was Charlie Muller, which I knew, but I didn’t know Charlie’s age.  I was searching in the Milwaukee census for Charlie in the wrong age bracket.”

Donna’s Time Capsule Message

“I guess I would hope that future generations would respect the past and help to preserve the traditions of their ancestors while incorporating new traditions into their heritage.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Donna’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Donna, it’s great to have you here!

© 2013, copyright Gini Webb

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