May I Introduce To You . . . Elizabeth Handler

Elizabeth Handler

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Elizabeth Handler and her blog, From Maine to Kentucky, described as, “. . . A Genealogy Blog about ancestors who lived in almost every state between Maine, Virginia, and Illinois.”

Elizabeth manages an additional blog, A Jewish Genealogy Journey, described as, “. . . Researching my husband’s Jewish roots.”

How Elizabeth Got Started in Genealogy

“I’ve been working on my genealogy on and off for almost 25 years. When my paternal grandmother died, my father, an only child, inherited all of her things, which included an old Chapin Family Genealogy, as well as a 19th century family Bible, some pedigree charts, and some correspondence from circa 1900 between an aunt of hers and another relative who was researching the Adsit family name. I was intrigued! In 1990, I read a newspaper article about NEHGS (New England Historic Genealogical Society) and joined the Society that year.”

Elizabeth’s Thoughts on Creating a Genealogy Blog

“I started From Maine to Kentucky in April 2011 soon after I discovered Geneabloggers. I wanted a way to share some of the great things I’ve found out about my ancestry with my family without having to write a book (which would never happen, anyway).

In June 2011, I started A Jewish Genealogy Journey to share what I’ve found out about my husband’s ancestry, which is very different than mine, which is mostly English and Scottish. Because all of his immigrant ancestors are Jewish and came from Eastern Europe through Castle Garden or Ellis Island, it has been a different kind of genealogy journey.”

Elizabeth’s Favorite Blog Post

“One of my favorites in From Maine to Kentuckyis one of Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun projectsHeritage Pie Chart. Since posting this, when I blog about one of these ancestors, I link the newer blog post to this Heritage Pie Chart post.

One of my favorites in A Jewish Genealogy Journey is Tuesday’s Tip – Passenger Lists where I walk through all the cool things I figured out in confirming the immigration stories about my husband’s paternal grandparents.”

Elizabeth’s Tips for New Genealogy Bloggers

“Be sure to have a page of your surnames and locations you are researching. A tip for new and longtime genealogy bloggers is to proofread your post before clicking on ‘Publish’!”

How Genealogy Improved Elizabeth’s Life

“I feel that researching my genealogy (and my husband’s genealogy) has improved my research skills and my problem-solving skills (though I’ve always loved solving puzzles, which is probably one of the reasons why I enjoy genealogy).”

Elizabeth’s Favorite Ancestor

“Possibly my great grandmother, Marguerite Lysle (1876-1967) because my mother has many memories of and stories about her and so, even though I only ‘met’ her once when I was a baby, I feel that I know a lot about her.”

What Elizabeth Loves Most About Genealogy

“I love being able to share interesting or unusual things about an ancestor with a family member.”

Elizabeth’s Time Capsule Message

“Remember that you are descended from many ancestors (remember the geometric progression – you have 512 7th great-grandparents) and they are all a part of you, not just the famous or important ones, but also those you don’t even know.”

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

© 2012, 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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